Why we need a bridge at Pitkins Curve and a rock shed at Rain Rocks 

  CalTrans Proposal

                                                   coastal highway

 - Pitkins Curve/Rain Rocks presents Caltrans with its toughest maintenance challenges in the central California coastal area.

  - Extensive landslides occur repeatedly — reducing or severing travel on Highway 1 for months at a time and profoundly affecting local
       and regional economies.

  - Emergency highway work is the least satisfactory option for highway maintenance. It limits the options we have for repairs,
       increases risk for highway workers, elevates costs, and jeopardizes environmental resources.

 - Without the bridge and rock shed, the highway at Pitkins Curve and Rain Rocks will continue to be damaged, and access will be
       disrupted and severed repeatedly. The purpose of this project is to increase safety, decrease maintenance expenditures, and improve
       roadway reliability.

    - A bridge and rock shed provides the most dependable, safest and least expensive longterm solution to costly, unpredictable and disruptive
      landslide-induced closures of Highway 1 at Pitkins Curve and Rain Rocks in Monterey County, California.

                       rock shed during construction

  This stretch of highway traverses the steepest coastal slope in the contiguous United States and is world-renowned for its rugged beauty," CalTrans wrote.

In 2000, a massive landslide below the highway at Pitkins Curve took out both lanes and closed Highway 1 for 30 days. Restoration required removal of 100,000 cubic yards of landslide debris in 7,000 truckloads.

ThePitkins Curve bridge is the only rock-shed bridge of its kind in the United States that was not built because of snowy weather.

The rock shed is 239.5 ft long and 54.5 ft wide and with the bridge cost $39 million to build.

                                         rock shed complete

The design of the rock shed is the result of a back-and-forth process between Caltrans staff and a group of Big Sur residents called the Aesthetic Design Advisory Committee, said CalTrans project manager Rasmussen