Volunteers Needed in Big Sur to work on walking trail as a "get aound" Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Closure

posted 9 months ago by CERV from Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula Labels: volunteering
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NEEDED! Volunteers for one day or several days or weeks to develop a walking trail to get around closure of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Trail Volunteers will need to be able to work 7am to 4:30 pm (one hour lunch, lunch will be provided). Wear Long Sleeves, strong boots, gloves. If possible bring a hard hat and safety glasses. For more details on where to report (on both sides of the bridge) or any other questions, please contact Carissa Chappellet Carissa@chappellet.com by email or 667-0330 by phone. Volunteers will need to be sworn in and complete a DSW form and Wavier. BACKGROUND. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is collapsing and that cuts off all the people living south of the bridge (just past Sycamore Canyon/ Pfeiffer State Beach)

There are also major slides 10 miles or so south, so a land locked area containing 450 people has been in existence for almost a month.

Next week Cal Trans hopes to have the highway to the south workable for residents to go south. Meanwhile the Pfeiffer Bridge needs to be replaced and that will take somewhere between 6 months to a year.

Many locals are cut off from their families, their work and their schools, not to mention propane and groceries.

Out of desperation locals have been bushwacking through the state park and sometimes through private lands in order to get out. The bushwacking through the state park has turned out to be the easiest (about 15 minutes and you’re on level ground in the state park campgrounds) But there has been the threat of a 5,000.00 fine if you are caught attempting to cross through the park.

Through major ongoing negotiations, State Park has now agreed to allow a walking trail through the park allowing locals to get to the other side of what used to be a bridge. Tomorrow State parks will begin to work with the CCC to begin building the trail and they are allowing 10 local volunteers to help physically build it.

The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade is working with the volunteers and is joining the volunteer teams. Members of the fire brigade and a couple locals have explored the trail area with state parks to determine the route. Locals, myself included feel that the trail could be useable within a week. State Parks thinks it may take 5 weeks, but will be reevaluating as things get going.

So here is what we’re looking for: Volunteers for one day or several days or weeks, please help yourself and your neighbors to open access around this devastating closure.

Trail Volunteers will need to be able to work 7am to 4:30 pm (one hour lunch, lunch will be provided). Wear Long Sleeves, strong boots, gloves. If possible bring a hard hat and safety glasses.

For more details on where to report (on both sides of the bridge) or any other questions, please contact Carissa Chappellet Carissa@chappellet.com by email or 667-0330 by phone.

Volunteers will need to be sworn in and complete a DSW form and Wavier.


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