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Offline JMilyko

Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« on: February 14, 2017, 10:12:29 am »
SR 1 is closed from Sycamore Canyon Rd. just north of Big Sur (on map 47) to Ragged Point (on map 49) due to a mudslide. At this time (2/14/17) pedestrians and cyclists are stil allowed to use the damaged bridge though the next storm passing through may change this. See this Monterey County Weekly article for more information. To check the status of this closure, check Caltrans Current Highway Conditions at www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi


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Offline ptr52

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2017, 06:04:44 am »
Hi Jennifer
Thanks for this information.
I have been to the Big Sur blog and seen the photos of the damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.
http://www.thebigsurblog.com/

It does not not look good to me.
I will be cycling down the PCBR from SF to Mexico starting on 22 April 2017.
I wouldn't be surprised if the bridge was closed completely by the time I get there.
Do you (or anyone else!) know if there are any alternative routes round this bridge if it does need to be rebuilt?

When I say alternative I mean anything practical for a fairly strong touring bike, unmade roads, trails where I would be permitted to walk with the bike etc.

Thanks

Peter
« Last Edit: February 19, 2017, 09:46:45 am by ptr52 »

Offline opus

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 12:11:55 pm »
Hi Jennifer
Thanks for this information.
I have been to the Big Sur blog and seen the photos of the damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.
http://www.thebigsurblog.com/

It does not not look good to me.
I will be cycling down the PCBR from SF to Mexico starting on 22 April 2017.
I wouldn't be surprised if the bridge was closed completely by the time I get there.
Do you (or anyone else!) know if there are any alternative routes round this bridge if it does need to be rebuilt?

When I say alternative I mean anything practical for a fairly strong touring bike, unmade roads, trails where I would be permitted to walk with the bike etc.

Thanks

Peter

Hey Peter,

I'll also be touring around that time. I'm leaving from Florence, OR on April 2nd and riding to San Diego. I'm planning on averaging around 50 miles a day.

Assuming all the other road closures are fixed by then but the bridge is still closed I don't think there is a feasible way to make it around the bridge. The only thing I've found mentioned is the Pine Ridge trail in Pfieffer Big Sur State Park right by the Ranger Station, but that doesn't look doable by bicycle at all.

There is some talk of them making a trail for pedestrians to get by. I would think that would be passable if it actually happens.

"The Fire Brigade and OES are actively working with the State Park and private land owners to try and identify the possibility of putting in a trail around the bridge. Our plan is to look at the State park area on Tuesday when hopefully the rain stops."


Here is my alternate route if I have to skip Big Sur:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19098798

Offline opus

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2017, 12:13:36 pm »
This is from the Big Sur Information Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation/



From Martha Karstens
Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade
February 18, 2017
Dear Big Sur residents,
Last Saturday February 11th, I became aware of some concerns about the possibility of one of our bridges being damaged and the land beneath it cracking. I went down to investigate and with State Parks and Cal Trans saw the damage first hand at the Sycamore canyon bridge. Within a few hours the word was out that maybe people should get north of the bridge if at all possible. That was followed by a hard closure in the early evening. Cal Trans arrived on Sunday February 12th to look at the integrity of the structure and the decision was made to allow traffic out only through the closure until 4:00 PM. Pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles were allowed after that until the geo techs could look at the bridge on Monday.
The closure stayed in place with pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles only until we got the confirmation early on Wednesday February 15th that for a few hours vehicles would be allowed to cross depending on the integrity of the bridge which they constantly monitored. This crossing, which included things like propane and service trucks, was allowed to continue until 5:00 PM Wednesday.
To this date, Saturday morning, there has been a hard closure, not even foot traffic allowed and after talking to Cal Trans I do not expect that to change. CHP is in place to handle traffic control.
The Fire Brigade and OES are actively working with the State Park and private land owners to try and identify the possibility of putting in a trail around the bridge. Our plan is to look at the State park area on Tuesday when hopefully the rain stops.
The Fire Brigade has had our response area broken up right now into about four separate areas. Loosely defined as the area south of Limekiln, the Lucia/Hermitage area between Big Ck. and Pauls’ slide, the area south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and the area north of the bridge. With the rainy weather these areas can change. The Lucia area has been shut in already for about 8 days.
For emergency concerns, first of all, as usual, call 911. There are some USFS personnel in the area south of Limekiln at the Pacific Valley station; I have, off and on, a medical Fire Brigade member in the Lucia/Hermitage area. Our fire house is in the area south of the bridge with a number of Fire Brigade members, and we have moved an engine and a medical/rescue squad to the USFS Big Sur station on the north side. I have several members on the north side of the Bridge as well. AMR, the ambulance crew, is at their quarters at our fire house at the Post Ranch and my goal is to have them remain there throughout this incident.
In some of the isolated areas the best way out for a medical emergency will be a helicopter. (You may want to sign up for the AirMedCare (formally CalStar) membership if that ends up being the helo that flies you out). In the event it is not possible to fly you out we will do what it takes to get you out, it may be that we have to carry you out by stretcher. We do have an emergency route planned for the folks in the area just south of the bridge if need be. This underlines the importance of having anyone who does not live here to leave. The more people there are in the affected area the more possibility there is for an emergency. If anyone has any medical concerns they might consider evacuating. This is not the time for nonresidents to have an adventure. They are a liability and are using up precious resources.
An emergency proclamation has been declared for our area. The Fire Brigade has been working with the Chamber of Commerce, (Kirk), OES and several other agencies from the onset to make sure the needs of everyone in their isolated areas are met. We had two conference calls yesterday afternoon to further discuss the situation.
Also the Sheriff’s department has two vehicles on the south side of the bridge if need be.
This is just one more challenge Mother Nature has given to all of us down here, and hopefully we will all get through it safely. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concern.
Martha Karstens
Chief

Offline ptr52

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2017, 02:30:06 pm »

Hey Peter,

I'll also be touring around that time. I'm leaving from Florence, OR on April 2nd and riding to San Diego. I'm planning on averaging around 50 miles a day.

Assuming all the other road closures are fixed by then but the bridge is still closed I don't think there is a feasible way to make it around the bridge. The only thing I've found mentioned is the Pine Ridge trail in Pfieffer Big Sur State Park right by the Ranger Station, but that doesn't look doable by bicycle at all.

There is some talk of them making a trail for pedestrians to get by. I would think that would be passable if it actually happens.

"The Fire Brigade and OES are actively working with the State Park and private land owners to try and identify the possibility of putting in a trail around the bridge. Our plan is to look at the State park area on Tuesday when hopefully the rain stops."


Here is my alternate route if I have to skip Big Sur:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19098798

Hi Opus
Thanks for the alternative route. I hope we don't need to use it. From what you say, you will probably be going through about 10 days ahead of me.
I agree that the slides should all be clear by April, the real concern is the bridge.
On Google maps there do appear to be some alternative tracks, so hopefully the Fire Brigade can negotiate a route with the landowners.
I have also posted on the local newspaper site, asking if anyone knows a route round the bridge, if I get anything back, I will post it on here.
I really don't want to miss Big Sur! Last time I did this journey was by car in 2008, and Big Sur was closed then due to the fires.
Thanks again
Peter

Offline opus

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017, 02:52:19 pm »
I hope we don't need it either. I've never been past San Francisco on 1 and was really looking forward to that section. If I miss it I'll just have to come back later, probably on a motorcycle. :)

Thanks for checking with the newspaper.

Offline JMilyko

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2017, 10:01:45 am »
It looks like The Big Sur blog is also keeping a Facebook page on the situation. They likely will have the most local, close to the source, information:

www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation/?fref=ts


Jennifer
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Cartographer

Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle.
800/755-2453, 406/721-1776 x205
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Offline opus

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2017, 11:04:04 am »
The Pacific Coast Route group is another good resource. We've been watching closely. Several of us have trips planned soon.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificCoastRoute/

Offline opus

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2017, 05:04:14 pm »
Major damage to Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge


https://imgur.com/gallery/kk3tx

Offline Biketouringhobo

Pacific Coast Route-Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge: Closed
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2017, 03:00:41 pm »
Pacific Coast Route-Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge: Closed
US 1 Cabrillo Hwy: Big Sur, CA

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Near Big Sur ‘Beyond Repair
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/22/pfeiffer-canyon-bridge-near-big-sur-beyond-repair/

updates also on my Group "Pacific Coast Route"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PacificCoastRoute/

Offline opus

Re: Pacific Coast Route Section #4, maps 47-49
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2017, 10:13:43 am »
Recent article on closures, includes this section.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bridge-failure-severs-Big-Sur-s-ties-to-outside-10958200.php


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