A project to enhance vista points along the Central Coast will intermittently close the San Simeon Bay and Piedras Blancas vista points during construction, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Caltrans announced.
The project includes installing two informational displays. They will be among seven displays installed between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties.
At San Simeon Vista Point, located south of San Simeon State Park, four display panels will be installed on existing boulders. They will include both pictures and printed data on the history of dairying in San Luis Obispo County, the history of shore whaling operations in San Simeon and the history of Hearst Ranch, Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Shivers said.
Solar-powered audio systems will provide an oral description of what is on the panels. Information about the displays planned for Piedras Blancas Vista Point was not immediately available Friday.
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The project is meant to enhance the visitor experience at prominent places throughout California’s coastal highway system.
Other places that will undergo construction include Rancho Cielo Vista Point on State Route 154 and the Arroyo Hondo Vista Point on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County; Big Creek Vista Point and the Julia Pfeiffer Burns Vista Point on Highway 1 in Monterey County; and La Selva Vista Point on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County.
The construction is not expected to affect highway traffic and work is expected to be complete in November.