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Esalen Campus Improvements: A New Creek Bridge

July 2019

Esalen has begun work on a new creek bridge connecting the north and south sides of our Big Sur campus. The concrete bridge deck, featuring a combination of wood and steel railings, addresses a number of safety, sustainability and accessibility concerns for our guests and community. When completed, it will allow for electrical carts to transport our ADA guests safely and conveniently across the property. The existing wooden footbridge, built in the mid-1980s, will remain accessible during construction. The Esalen community plans to host an event commemorating the wooden bridge and the material will be distributed throughout the greater community.

Key Highlights

  • The new bridge is 50 feet long and 12 feet wide supported by steel I-beams. 
  • Construction began in July and is estimated to complete mid-February 2020. Construction will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no work scheduled during the weekends.
  • Work will be scheduled with the goal to limit disruptions, however, noise may be a factor for the Meditation Hut and Murphy House.
  • The bridge allows for Esalen to replace many of its gasoline-burning vehicles with small electric carts or neighborhood electric vehicles. Some traditional vehicles will be needed to access other properties and to transport larger loads.
  • Esalen has partnered with Seaside-based Sharp Engineering and Construction for this project. Sharp’s clients include California State Parks, the City of Monterey and Caltrans.
  • Small delays on the northside of property may occur as material and equipment are moved in and out of the area. Parking will also be impacted on the northside to allow for construction vehicles.


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