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Always check the CalTrans Road Conditions page before venturing out on California State Route 1 over these next 6 months.

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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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

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