Public Works & Facilities
1441 Schilling Place
Salinas, CA 93901
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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). Here is a brief summary on both:
- The Palo Colorado Emergency Repairs at Rocky Creek (Milepost 3.0 to 3.5)
The repairs consist of replacing the existing damaged culverts underneath Palo Colorado Road at the Rocky Creek and Brandon Creek crossings. The culverts were damaged as a result of the 2017 winter storms and Soberanes Fire. The County has temporarily surfaced the road with aggregate base material on this section of damaged road and a placed temporary bridge near the Rocky Creek culvert crossing. The County is developing plans for the permanent fix as well obtaining the necessary permits for the resulting construction work. We intend to work on initiate the construction work on the permanent repairs as soon as all the regulatory permits are obtained and as long as weather permits.
- Palo Colorado Storm Repairs from "The Hoist" to "Botcher's Gap" (Milepost 4.0 to 7.5)
The repairs consist of reconstruction this 3.5 mile section of Palo Colorado Road. Dozens of culverts were damaged and several slipouts developed from the 2017 winter storms and Soberanes Fire. Given the extent and magnitude of the damages, the cost to repair this section of Palo Colorado Road is estimated to be over $10 million dollars. The County is currently in the process of negotiating and securing a contract with an engineering firm to develop engineering plans and obtain the necessary permits and clearance for this project. This is a longer-term repair project that may take 1-3 years to complete, provided the required project funding is secured.