A.J. Acosta Company Hired to Clear Arctic Circle of Avalanche Snow

Avalanches on Arctic Circle prompted the closure of Highway 18 this morning.

Avalanches on Arctic Circle prompted the closure of Highway 18 this morning.

A series of avalanches earlier today prompted the closure of Arctic Circle on Highway 18. Terri Kasinga of CalTrans tells KBHR, “We have a lot of avalanches in the Arctic Circle area, several of them 10 feet tall.” These snow slides had trapped several vehicles on the roadway this morning, though CalTrans reports that all had been attended to by 9am. The A.J. Acosta Company has, as of this afternoon, been hired by CalTrans to clear Arctic Circle of snow. This is the same Big Bear Lake-based company that CalTrans hired to clear Little Arctic Circle in December, when Highway 18 had been closed due to extreme snowfall and vehicle collisions involving large trucks. Per CalTrans, motorists should not expect the re-opening of Highway 18, west of the dam, today.

CJ Bartholomew's truck was one of several vehicles caught in this morning's snow slide on Highway 18.

CJ Bartholomew's truck was one of several vehicles caught in this morning's snow slide on Highway 18. (Our thanks to CJ for providing these photos.)

Related posts:

  1. Despite ‘Round-the-Clock Snow Removal Efforts of CalTrans and Acosta Company, Arctic Circle Portion of Highway 18 Closed Until Friday Evening
  2. Snow Removal Continues on Arctic Circle Today; Acosta Hopes to Have Highway 18 Cleared This Afternoon
  3. Up to a Foot of Snow Prompts Chain Requirements for All Mountain Roads, Snow Slide on Arctic Circle