Tag: Arctic Circle

Emergency Crews Recover Vehicle Over Side of Highway 18’s Arctic Circle; Driver Survives With Only Minor Injuries

While traveling on the Arctic Circle portion of Highway 18 yesterday, March 29, at about 2:45pm, a single vehicle went over the side of the mountain just east of Lakeview Point, dropping somewhere between 700 and 1000’ down. The single occupant of the vehicle, 18-year-old Larry Mullins of Running Springs, was driving toward Big Bear when his 2005 Jeep Liberty went off the road–however he survived the incident with only minor injuries, including a broken collar bone, and climbed back up to Highway 18. Given the severity of the drop, emergency crews held vehicle recovery until this morning, and this is currently underway [as of 11am], with San Bernardino County Fire and California Highway personnel on scene, as well as Mr. Mullin. The accident is under investigation by the CHP. Motorists on Highway 18 can expect delays as only one lane of traffic is available at this time and those on Arctic Circle should also be mindful of rocks that have fallen into the roadway. (Those taking Highway 38 should also watch for rocks in the...

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CalTrans Provides Update on Highway 330 Closure; Roadway Closed Since March 16 for Emergency Project

Big Bear Lake, CA — It was during a routine “storm patrol” that a CalTrans employee discovered the damage to the Highway 330 culvert (from the 1940s) and erosion to the roadway, prompting the emergency repair project that got underway on Tuesday, March 16. In a presentation before the City Council of Big Bear Lake on Monday, CalTrans liaison Dennis Green assured, “We are going to do everything we can to accelerate opening of this road–because we know you have a big bike event.” However, before Highway 330 can be reopened to motorists, the contractor on the project is awaiting the delivery of a specially made replacement pipe, which will be 11’ in diameter and 266’ long; the galvanized pipe is coming from Kentucky and should be here in two weeks. When the emergency project was implemented, on a day’s notice, CalTrans expected that the job would take a few months, resulting in the full closure of Highway 330 until mid-June. However, as Green noted on March 22, “We understand how crucial this road is to the mountain communities.” With that, road prep is being done so that the pipe can be installed, up to 80’ below the roadway, upon arrival, and then the road will need to be reconstructed. As Highway 330 cuts through San Bernardino National Forest, Green added that there are environmental challenges on the project...

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Weekend Snowfall Results in Monday Morning Commute Chain Controls on Highway 18

Big Bear Valley, CA — An inch or so of snow over the weekend brings our seasonal total to about 112 inches of snow for the winter season, since we received our first snowfall on Friday, November 13. As of this morning [Monday, March 8 at 8am], CalTrans only has chain controls in place on Highway 18, west of the dam, so those headed down the mountain the front way will need chains if in a two-wheel drive vehicle; four-wheel drives with snow tires on all four wheels are required to carry chains. This R2 chain requirement applies only to Highway 18, from the Big Bear Dam, through the Arctic Circle and Snow Valley, and down to Running Springs. There are no chain requirements for any other roads in our area and, still, Snow Conditions have not been reinstated so parking on city streets is allowed. For updates on road conditions, visit the KBHR Big Bear Road Conditions...

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Blanket of New Snow Prompts Chain Requirements on Mountain Highways

Big Bear Valley, CA — Last night’s snowfall amounted to an inch or less here in the Big Bear Valley, but was just enough to blanket dirty snow berms with fresh, white powder and prompt chain requirements on our mountain roads. At present (8am, March 4), CalTrans has R2 chain requirements in place for Highways 18 and 330 down the front way, Highway 38 to Angelus Oaks, and on roads within the Big Bear Valley. R2 restrictions mean that two-wheel drive vehicles must have chains on, while four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels must be carrying chains. The National Weather Service says that there may be reduced visibility on mountain roads this morning and, given potentially slick conditions, there was a five-vehicle accident on Highway 18 this morning. This pile-up was in the 7am hour, and occurred on Highway 18 just below Lakeview Point between the Arctic Circle and Snow Valley. That said, drivers are advised to proceed with caution and, again, R2 chain requirements are in place for Highway 18, west of the dam, Highways 38 and 330, and roads within the Big Bear Valley. There are no chain requirements for those traveling on Highway 18 east to Lucerne Valley. The City of Big Bear Lake has not reinstated Snow Conditions (which were lifted yesterday morning), so parking on city streets is allowed at...

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Weekend Snowfall Prompts Chain Requirements for Mountain Highways, and Schedule Changes

Big Bear Valley, CA — Friday’s Winter Storm Warning did result in fresh snowfall here in the Big Bear Valley, with a powdered sugar-like dusting of snow to wake to both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a few inches since yesterday (February 21) making for snow totals of around 104 inches for the season (average snowfall for an entire season tends to be 62 inches). The new snow has prompted chain requirements on some of our mountain roads, so for those traveling on Highways 18 and 330, west of the Big Bear Dam and down the front way, and for travelers taking Highway 38 over Onyx Summit and through Angelus Oaks, R2 chain requirements are in place. R2 means that you must have chains on the drive wheels of your vehicle, unless in a four-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels and carrying chains. Snowfall is expected to continue in the early parts of today (Monday), and dense fog and reduced visibility can be expected, so motorists—especially those taking the front way down the mountain—should proceed with caution. At present, there are no chain requirements for those taking Highway 18 the back way to Lucerne Valley. When conditions change, updates will be posted on the KBHR Big Bear Road Conditions page. Weather-prompted schedule changes: The San Bernardino County food distribution at Community Church by the Lake is...

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