County Roundup

Outdated information about construction occurring near Big Sur appeared in Sunday’s edition. A version with current information appears below.

Big Sur

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was scheduled to relocate power lines Monday so it wouldn’t have to shut off power to Big Sur residents during the day on weekdays for the next two weeks, Caltrans announced Friday, 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 get too close to nearby power lines, PG&E planned to cut power Monday while the lines were 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 because of the project.

About 31 miles north of Cambria (three 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 (two 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 hotline at 888-836-0866.

— Bert Etling

SLO County

State Insurance Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner will speak Wednesday at a gathering organized by the Lincoln Club of San Luis Obispo County and the county’s Republican Party.

The event will begin with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by a general reception at 6:30. The get-together will take place at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, 255 Country Club Drive in San Luis Obispo.

A $250 “platinum” sponsorship buys two VIP tickets, a photo and two general reception tickets. A $25 “patriot” sponsorship will purchase one general reception ticket.

The party is asking those who want to RSVP or want more information to contact Amber at 541-4010 or e-mail exec.director@rpslo.org.

According to a joint press release from the Lincoln Club and county Republicans, the 2010 candidate series “in no way implies the endorsement of candidates. The funds raised will go toward local party activities.”

Poizner’s chief opponent in the GOP primary is Meg Whitman.

— Bob Cuddy