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CalTrans Logo for Pitkins Curve & Rain Rocks - SR1 A roadwork project with its own logo, and flyer!

Pitkins Curve and Rain Rocks lie south of Lucia, north of Limekiln.

Pitkins Curve is The Highway 1 spot for road closure during wet winters, yet even during the dry season, the hillside is an intimidating scree of graywacke; hence the name:  Rain Rocks.  Pitkins Curve, Rain Rocks - Location Photo

Most times that I’ve driven through this pass there are cones out to slow cars’ speed and men shoveling shards of sedimentary rock off the roadway.

Years back, during working hours (seemingly year-round), a flag man controlled vehicles one-way at a time. Now, stop signals alternate the north south traffic.

Other times, the men are gone, the stop light is not in use, but the hillscape appears as if bombs went off and I’ve come along just after all the rock broke loose.

Big Sur hosts several points where the hill above the roadcut weakens, falls and closes the Coast Road providing a hemispheric existence for residents. Pitkins Curve – Rain Rocks easily takes Top Honors of Continuous Nuisance.  Asphalt constantly patched and repaved. Always littered with rocks onto the roadbed and stacked at the shoulder.

And why is this, you might ask?

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HWY 1 – NORTHBOUND

DATE: 10/07/09 – 10/08/09

TIME: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

LOCATION: BIXBY CREEK BRIDGE

ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL – 0 to 15 MINUTE DELAY

BRIDGE REPAIR

Aloe Arborescens, Bluffs of Santa Monica by Harry MattullPassive pensive scene with Palos Verdes at the horizon. Seemingly sublime, no?

Harry Mattull paints this seaview from Palisades Park – a popular park precariously placed atop an impermanent bluff, overlying a gully-riddled, hollowed-out badland, caused by wind and water erosion on a steep clay and sandy slope.

Notice how the artist paints out the Coast Boulevard?  Romantic.

An early 20th century wasteland at the beach bejeweled by black Southern Pacific railroad tracks leading towards the wharf and a skinny sandy road for the newly popular automobile.Santa Monica Palisades Park

The Coast Boulevard was built over the tracks and road, and then enlarged to 2 to 4 to now 6 lanes below this ancient sand dune and river plain.  The beach widened and replenished with sand so that tourism to the beaches became an economy for Los Angeles.

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State Route 1 has received funding for 3 Maintenance Projects through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Project #15
EA: 0L800
CalTrans District 5
County: Monterey
Pacific Grove to Castroville, south of Route 1 to Tembladero Slough; also
on Route 68 east of Fairground road. Upgrade guard rail, crash cushion
and end treatment. $ 2,535,000

Project #34
EA: 1E220
CalTrans District 4
County: Sonoma
In Sonoma County near Fort Ross, from 2.5 miles south of Fort Ross Road
to Timber Cove Road, and near Gualala from Sea Walk Drive to Gualala
River Bridge (# 10-181). $ 550,000

Project #55
EA: 0J700
CalTrans District 12
County: Orange
In Orange County in and near Laguna Beach, from Dana Point/Laguna
Beach City limits to Aster Street, and from State Park to Newport Coast
Drive. $ 2,160,000

Coast Road Twit

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