The new Highway 18 bridge will be situated just south of the current road atop the dam, and will be aligned with the roadway connecting Little Arctic Circle and Arctic Circle in the final stages of the project. (Photo courtesy Danny Enger)

Big Bear Lake, CA — Those picking up their use of Highway 18 the “front way,” now that Highway 330 has been re-opened, are likely mindful of the weekday flagging taking place at the dam, to accommodate the construction of the new Big Bear bridge, scheduled for completion in 2011. Over the last year, CalTrans-hired contractor Flatiron Construction Inc. has conducted intermittent flagging between 7am and 5pm. However, in consideration of anticipated traffic on Friday, May 21 for the Amgen Tour of California cycling race, flagging will be suspended on this day. Flatiron employees will continue to work off the roadway, however, so motorists are reminded to be mindful of these individuals and proceed with care and caution. The new Big Bear bridge project for Highway 18 will include three 12-foot travel lanes, 10-foot shoulders, and an ADA-compliant sidewalk on the lake side of the bridge. The long-awaited project, at a cost of roughly $39 million, will also include a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 38, which heads east along the North Shore through the Fawnskin area.
(For road specifics on May 21, visit KBHR’s Spectators’ Guide to Enjoying the Amgen Tour of California in Big Bear Lake.)