Game plan collaboration
Jon reached out to seek advice on a game plan. "I have a desire to fix things myself, but this was bigger than me."
The group put their heads together, partnering with many specialized company teams. They learned the road was not going to reopen for months, if not a year.
"We came up with a solution of placing 600 feet of cable through a storm drain under a road," Jon said. "Then we spliced it into existing cable that had many faults in it. Kevin and Matt repaired all of the faults along Highway 1."
Normally this highway is constant traffic with tourists visiting. It's difficult to stop and repair cable faults. The road closure gave them an opportunity they have not had in years to make repairs.
During their repairs, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) required a spotter for falling rocks. If the team heard an air horn, they looked at the spotter to see which way to run. Some of the rocks were the size of small cars.
"I can remember times I would hide behind a tree," Kevin said. "We were working off the grid without a net. It was fun, exciting, dangerous, but very rewarding."