Tag: Arctic Circle

CalTrans to Suspend Flagging, Delays on Highway 18 to Accommodate May 21 Activity for Amgen Tour

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...

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City of Big Bear Lake Is a Go for May 21st Amgen Tour, Yet Pasadena Is Out for Stage 6 Start

Big Bear Lake, CA — The Amgen Tour of California will be cycling into Big Bear on Friday, May 21st and event permit approval was granted for such during yesterday’s meeting of the Planning Commission of Big Bear Lake. Though there were some conditions set forth by the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District, which the Planning Commission incorporated, permits were approved for both some street closures on Friday afternoon, May 21 as well as for the Tour de Big Bear cycling activities on Saturday, May 22, which will not result in disruptions to local traffic. Though the specific timing of the street closures will be contingent on the professional cyclists, who will approach Big Bear from Highway 18 to the west and then take Highway 38 through Fawnskin, it is estimated that local road closures will take place in the 3 o’clock hour and these rolling closures will last about one hour; within the City of Big Bear Lake, the race route will include the portion of Big Bear Boulevard, from Stanfield Cutoff to Sandalwood Drive, then the full length of Sandalwood Drive (which runs behind the Interlaken Center), a portion of Fox Farm Road from Sandalwood to Garstin, then Garstin from Fox Farm Storage to Summit Boulevard, and finishing with the full length of Summit Boulevard, for the finish at Snow Summit Resort. In just-announced news from...

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Happy Monday: Snow, High Winds, and Chain Requirements for Motorists

Big Bear Valley, CA — The snow has been coming down since about the 5am hour this morning, prompting chain controls on some roads here in the Big Bear Valley. At present [at 8am April 5], R2 chain requirements are in place for the front grade of Highway 18, from Pine Knot Avenue in the Village west to the Arrowhead area; chains are also required on two-wheel drive vehicles along the North Shore, from Mt. Doble west to the Big Bear dam.  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. Chain controls have not been implemented on Highway 18 the back way to Lucerne Valley, or on Highway 38, per the latest from CalTrans. Also, a reminder to travelers, that Highway 330 does remain closed. For updated road conditions, visit the KBHR Big Bear Road Conditions page. This morning’s dusting of snow, coupled with a couple inches received last week, brings this season’s snow totals to about 116 inches here in the Big Bear Valley. Today’s weather brings with it a High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service, which remains in effect until 10pm tonight. We can expect west winds of 20 to 40 miles per hour, with peak gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour...

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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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