Hwy 1 at the Bixby Bridge is being closed overnight to all through traffic, as inspections are done and repairs made on the historic bridge’s supports.
The closures are from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. starting this past Monday, July 12 and will end tonight, July 15.
Next week the highway will be closed from 10-5:30 Sunday, July 18, and Monday-Thursday, July 19-22 from 9-5:30.
Sunday, July 25 the road will be closed from 10-5:30 and Monday-Thursday, July 26-29 from 9-5:30. The roadway will remain open in both directions Friday and Saturday nights and during daylight hours all week.
There is no detour for this closure and motorists will be directed to return along Hwy 1 in the direction from which they came. Message and directional signs will alert motorists in advance of the closure area.
“In case of an emergency requiring travel across the Bixby Bridge during the hours of the closures,” reads a news release from Caltrans, “residents and all travelers are advised to call 9-1-1. Due to the use of a large crane and other heavy equipment on the bridge during the closure, the roadway would take at least 30 minutes to reopen for emergency vehicles.”
The Highway Patrol will be on scene to make sure traffic controls are obeyed.
“These closures are necessary for contracted maintenance crews to perform repairs and inspections on the bridge support for the safety of all travelers,” Caltrans said.
Hwy 1 is also under construction with traffic controls in place at Coastlands Road [Post Mile 44.3. The job will replace an existing timber wall and install a “soil nail” wall to reinforce the roadway above.
The work began June 7 and is scheduled to end Aug. 16. Access Limited Construction of Oceano got the $750,000 contract and Caltrans has put in 1-way reversing traffic controls and motorists can expect about a 15-minute delay.
Work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and they’ll knock off at 1 on Fridays.