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Caltrans asking for public feedback on Big Sur traffic management plan

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 15:18:14-04

The section of Highway 1 through Big Sur, from Carmel to Hearst Castle, has become so popular with tourists, Caltrans says it's becoming unsustainable - reducing the quality of the visitor experience, creating operational concerns, and degrading the natural beauty of the highway.

The agency is working on a Transportation Demand Management plan for the highway and is encouraging the public to submit ideas and feedback.

The plan will address parking, pedestrians, traffic, electric vehicle charging stations, and other concerns.

Some of the goals include reducing the number of single-occupant vehicles on the highway, increasing the use of alternative transportation, increasing the use of electric vehicles, and coming up with ways to address undesirable visitor behavior.

Details on the plan can be viewed at the website SustainableHighway1.com.

The public is invited to three upcoming meetings where the plan will be reviewed:

Tuesday, October - Cambria
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cambria Veterans Hall, 1000 Main Street.

Wednesday, October 30 - Carmel Valley
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rancho Canada Club, Wedgewood Meeting Center, Fiesta meeting room
4860 Carmel Valley Road

Friday, November 1 - Big Sur
10 a.m.
Big Sur Multi Agency Advisory Committee (BSMAAC), Pfeiffer Big Sur Lodge Conference Center