This past Sunday, MNS Engineers celebrated with the City of Santa Monica, locals, and visitors, with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Colorado Esplanade, kicking off the City’s first annual open streets event, COAST.
MNS Transportation Division, Construction Management Team: Spotlight Project
The Pitkins Curve and Rain Rocks Shed project, located between Monterey and Cambria on California State Route 1 (Highway 1) was a major undertaking aimed at making a dangerous section of the scenic state highway safer for motorists.
The Pitkins Curve area of Highway 1 is part of an active landslide; rock slides are a fact of life here, rather than an unusual occurrence. Its geological composition is particularly unstable. Rock slides repeatedly closed the original road and presented a significant danger to motorists.
Foreseeing that Pitkins Curve would continue to be a major safety issue and an access impediment for the millions of tourists traveling through the area each year, not to mention a major maintenance and cost issue, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) developed an innovative solution to the problem. [ read more… ]
Whether you know it or not, you’ve seen concrete stamping before—from freeway structures we use every day to landmarks of ancient architecture, this technique for molding or impressing scenes and patterns into wet concrete is used to add visual interest to what could otherwise be seen as boring slabs of cement. [ read more… ]
In April of 2011, a landslide damaged a 200-foot portion of California State Route 1—a historic part of our state’s transportation infrastructure—along the steep cliffs between Bixby Bridge and Rocky Creek Bridge, south of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The hillside was stabilized right away using a soil nail wall, but the highway had to be reduced to one lane with signal-controlled traffic through the area. The Rocky Creek Viaduct, a 600-foot bridge structure, is being constructed to completely replace the roadway adjacent to the repaired slope. Creating a bridge here means future landslides won’t affect the Viaduct area—any slide material will pass between the bridge and the hillside, keeping motorists safe and preventing further expensive damage to this stretch of road. [ read more… ]
Did you know it was possible to shrinkwrap an entire building? It can help contain toxic substances like lead paint, keeping the surrounding community safe while a structure is restored. We’re rehabilitating the water tower in Greenfield, CA right now; you can see it here, surrounded by completely shrinkwrapped scaffolding. Our project manager, Doug Pike, tells us, “The old Greenfield water tower, built in 1910, is a landmark and part of this small town’s identity. Because the old coatings contained some lead-based paint, the paint prep work was performed ‘under wraps’ to prevent the chips and debris from drifting off City property.” For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.
Work at the San Jose Creek will stop October 31, 2012, and resume in May of 2013, as environmental permits are in place to protect the creek’s ecosystem. For more information, check the San Jose Creek Project website, maintained by the City of Goleta; you might catch sight of MNS construction management staff in the videos.