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Salinas, CA 93901
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Palo Colorado Road Repair Projects


Page Last Updated: September 19, 2018 

Monterey County RMA is currently managing two projects on this road; (1) The Palo Colorado Emergency Repairs at Rocky Creek (Milepost 3.0 to 3.5) and Palo Colorado Storm Repairs from "the Hoist" to "Botcher's Gap" (Milepost 4.0 to 7.5).  The County conducted a community meeting on April 26, 2018 to discuss and answer questions regarding the culvert/roadway repairs, construction timeframe, and community impact.  A copy of the presentation is available here.

Construction for the Palo Colorado culvert and roadway repairs at Rocky and Brandon Creek will commence on June 18, 2018.  Below is a summarized timeline of upcoming activities: 

    Activity Anticipated Date

    June 26 to end of October


    Palo Colorado Road is closed at milepost 3.0 to all vehicular traffic for the duration of the project.


    In order to avoid towing and/or damage to vehicles, please do not park past the gate at the project site.

    Concrete pours at Rocky Creek and Brandon Creek

    To continue through the end of September

    Assembly of arch culvert at Rocky Creek To continue through the first week of October




    Repairs at Rocky Creek (Milepost 3.0 to 3.5)

    The County is preparing plans to replace the existing damaged culverts underneath Palo Colorado Road and the Rocky Creek and Brandon Creek Crossings. The road has been temporarily resurfaced with aggregate base material and a temporary bridge has been placed near the Rocky Creek culvert crossing. Plans for permanent repairs are complete and County has applied for the necessary regulatory permits required to complete this work.  However, federal permits will not be issued in time to begin construction before this rain season (October 2017-April 2018).  Meanwhile, the County is proceeding with bidding so that we have a contractor ready and so we can prepare as much as possible ahead of beginning construction in Spring 2018.

    If we get heavy rains this year resulting in high water flows within Rocky Creek, the County may need to pull the bridge temporarily to avoid damaging the bridge.  The County will monitor conditions throughout the winter and provide advanced notice of any action to pull the bridge.

    Below is a brief outline of milestone dates for this project:

    • August 29, 2017; Big Sur Land Use Advisory Committee approved the project design and to move forward to Planning Commission (Date To Be Determined)
    • September 15, 2017; Construction Bids Due
    • Fall 2017; Site preparation work prior to culvert replacement
    • Spring 2018; Construction expected to begin

    Installation of Security Gate

    The County has installed a security gate limiting access above the “Hoist” on August 24, 2017.  This gate was installed in the location where temporary barricades have been placed.  Vehicle access beyond the gate will be limited to residents and emergency personnel. The gate may remain in place permanently to allow for temporary closures as needed, and will only be opened when road conditions above the Hoist are safe for vehicles.


    Major Storm Repairs from “Hoist to Botcher’s Gap” (Milepost 4.0 to 7.5)

    The County plans to reconstruct this 3.5-mile section of Palo Colorado Road. Numerous culverts were severely damaged, as well as several slip-outs developed from the 2017 winter storms and the Soberanes Fire. The County is working to get a Design Consultant under contract by November 2017 for the environmental and preliminary engineering. Repairs required for this project is expected to take 1-3 years to complete (2020), including design.



    The County has designated a single point of contact for this project to receive questions and coordinate with agencies to provide a collective response:

    Monterey County Resource Management Agency, Public Works Division
    Contact: Christine Poe, Management Analyst II
    1441 Schilling Place, South 2nd Floor
    Salinas, CA  93901
    (831) 755-5025

    All calls and emails will be responded to as soon as possible. We will monitor conditions throughout the rain season and provide advanced notice of any actions via Chief Cheryl Goetz as well as the County’s website and social media.