PG&E to move power lines so lights will stay on in Big Sur

PG&E will relocate power lines Monday so it doesn’t have to shut off power to Big Sur residents during the day on weekdays for the next two weeks, Caltrans announced this afternoon, and Highway 1 will no longer be closed overnight.

The Big Sur River is cutting into its embankment near the campgrounds at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, not far from the park’s Big Sur Lodge. A large crane hired by Caltrans will place rocks, along the embankment.

To make sure the crane doesn’t come too close to nearby power lines, PG&E plans to cut power from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday while the lines are moved.

Drivers can expect to be delayed for up to 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the next two weeks as lanes are alternately closed about 73 miles north of Cambria due to the project.

About 31 miles north of Cambria (about 3 miles south of Gorda), flaggers will control traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as work continues to repair a section of fill washed out by heavy surf. The road had been closed completely during the night since last weekend.

Motorists can also expect to encounter delays a mile north of Ragged Point Inn, about 24 miles north of Cambria, where construction on horizontal drains under the roadway has resumed; and about 45 miles north of Cambria (2 miles south of Lucia), where a signal light controls traffic 24 hours a day at Pitkin’s Curve in the Rainrocks area.

For details, call a new, toll-free Big Sur highway hot line at (888) 836-0866.