Caltrans has begun another maintenance project on Hwy 1 in Monterey County and motorists can expect some delays through the end of November, weather permitting.
The project will replace a rain culvert and repair erosion at an area popularly called “Lucia Fountain” and located about a third of a mile south of Limekiln State Park and 1.4 miles north of Kirk Creek Campground.
There will be one-way traffic controls in place through the construction zone.
The traffic controls will be in effect Mondays-Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and open over the weekends. The contractor on the $750,000 project is Serafix Engineering of Santa Rosa, Calif. There will be directional signs put up along the highway.
This will be the only construction zone on Hwy 1 through Big Sur currently underway. Caltrans earlier in August had closed the scenic highway overnight for inspections on the supports of the iconic Bixby Bridge.
With a highway subject to landslides and severe erosion, Caltrans explained why working on the road’s drainage is important.
“The network of culverts that lace Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast,” the agency said in a news release, “serve as critical infrastructure to keep water and debris off the roadway during winter weather. Maintaining the integrity of culverts and erosion repair efforts contribute to the resiliency of the roadway during inclement conditions.”
For traffic updates on state highways in Caltrans District 5, contact the public affairs office at (805) 549-3318 or see the District 5 website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5.