A steamroller-like piece of equipment went back and forth over a 1,000-foot section of Highway 1 shoulder north of Cambria on Tuesday in an attempt to find out if it will level and smooth out the paving sufficiently to provide better safety and a more comfortable ride for bicycles and other vehicles.
A Caltrans contractor resurfaced 20 miles of the highway last fall. Larger-than-usual rocks were used for the chip sealing. Some did not stick in the emulsion binder. Traffic flung up flurries of rocks, hitting cyclists and nicking vehicle paint and windshields.
Angry cyclists launched a website (www.fixhwy1.com), Gene Cerise Memorial Country Coast Classic ride, held in June since it began in 2002, has been postponed to Nov. 2 due to the current condition of the road, according to Marcelle Bakula, one of the ride organizers.
Caltrans is listening and acting, according to its officials. Its Division of Research and Innovation is working with the UC Davis Pavement Research Center on studies to find the best fix for Highway 1 and for other future projects statewide.
Caltrans said the shoulder surface just north of Moonstone Beach Drive will be measured before and after the test rolling to see how well the procedure works.
Weekday traffic may be delayed for up to 10 minutes while the work goes on over next four to five weeks, Caltrans said.