Caltrans started geotechnical work Monday on a $4.1 million project to build a viaduct and retaining wall near Ragged Point.
In combination with two other Highway 1 projects between Cambria and Cayucos, that could make it an exercise in patience getting to Big Sur and back from this county. Each project can result in traffic delays, so travelers should allow plenty of extra time for their journeys.
Electronic message boards are to help keep motorists updated and aware of the roadwork. But Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said Thursday that this latest undertaking should be the last state-highway project to start on the North Coast this year, barring natural disasters and other emergencies.
Ragged Point project
The latest project, which is an emergency one located between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and Ragged Point Inn near the San Luis Obispo/Monterey county line, will trigger intermittent lane closures through July. A temporary traffic signal, to be activated by August, should allow traffic to move in each direction until the project is finished, estimated to be sometime next spring.
Roadwork will happen Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. The contractor is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo.
Construction in Harmony, Cayucos
The other two projects, which have alternating lane closures, are: a $3.2 million repaving job through September between Harmony and the northern edge of Cambria; and a $9.8 million pavement resurfacing, ramps- and-shoulders reconstruction project through November from just south of 13th Street in Cayucos to Harmony Valley Road.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.