Motorists heading north on Highway 1 to Big Sur or Carmel next week should schedule around some full, overnight closures at the Rocky Creek Viaduct project area.
According to Caltrans, the federally designated scenic highway is to be closed to traffic about 85 miles north of Cambria from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 19 and 20, and perhaps Wednesday, Aug. 21, so crews can set girders.
Daytime roadwork on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. could produce 10-minute delays. Through traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed southbound half of the viaduct near the Rocky Creek Bridge, while work continues on the northbound half.
The $11 million project about 15 miles south of Carmel began nearly a year ago. The work, being done by contractor Golden State Bridge of Martinez, is due to be complete by the end of October, weather permitting.
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The Big Sur area has been plagued with highway problems for years. After heavy storms, a roadway segment fell into the sea March 16, 2011, leaving a landslide that blocked the highway.
Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors. For more information, go to www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/ or call the Hwy. 1 Cambria-to-Carmel toll-free hotline at (888) 836-0866.