Highway 18 Road Work Continues; Red Ant Hill Project Scheduled to Wrap Soon

Here’s an update on our roads: Continued delays can be expected on Highway 18 west of the Big Bear Dam. CalTrans crews will continue into December on the Highway 18 pavement rehabilitation project, which accounts for delays up to 20 minutes on weekdays, as traffic is being escorted by pilot car in the area between Lakeview Point on Arctic Circle … [Read more...]

Rocks Cleared from Roadway; Highway 18 Re-Opens After Midnight

Highway 18 had been closed at the Big Bear Dam yesterday evening, after an unanticipated volume of rock fell during a blasting excavation for the Big Bear bridge project. CalTrans crews closed Highway 18 for cleanup and safety evaluations, which resulted in the closure of the roadway until after midnight. The road is open at this time [morning, … [Read more...]

Road Work on Highways 18 and 330 and Red Ant Hill Today

Motorists can expect additional delays if traveling down the front way, on Highways 18 and 330 today. On Monday, CalTrans began a 30-day pavement rehabilitation project on Highway 18 which, in addition to delays of 15 to 20 minutes at the Big Bear Dam, will also include pilot car escorts between Lakeview Point on Arctic Circle and the junction of … [Read more...]

Potential for Extended Delays on Highway 18 at the Dam Today

If taking Highway 18 west beyond the dam today (October 21), just know that current delays are longer than usual as crews are removing a large rock, referred to as “the can opener rock.” Delays at the dam bridge are generally 15 to 20 minutes, and will continue weekdays from 7am to 5pm, to accommodate the Big Bear bridge project, scheduled for … [Read more...]

Two Rounds of Blasting for Bridge Project Will Prompt Additional Delays on Highway 18 Thursday; Road Work Continues on Big Bear Boulevard

More blasting at the Big Bear bridge, with two rounds scheduled for today (Thursday, September 17). The first will take place between 10am and noon, the second blast between noon and 2pm. These blasts near the dam on Highway 18 will account for additional delays, so allow extra time if taking Highway 18 down the front way today, any time between … [Read more...]

Blasting Near Dam Rescheduled for Wednesday; Delays on Big Bear Boulevard

Blasting at the Big Bear bridge project, at Big Bear Lake’s west end on Highway 18, was scheduled to take place this afternoon (September 15), though CalTrans has rescheduled that blasting and it will instead take place tomorrow, Wednesday, from 1 to 3pm. This is a tentative schedule, as of this morning, but if planning to take Highway 18 down … [Read more...]

Blasting for Big Bear Bridge Project Scheduled for Friday, Tuesday

CalTrans has announced today that the next round of blasting for the Big Bear bridge project will take place tomorrow, Friday, between the hours of 1 and 3pm. During the actual blasting, there will be a full closure of Highway 18 at the Big Bear dam. In addition to tomorrow afternoon’s blasting, there may be an additional round taking place on … [Read more...]

CalTrans Roadwork on Big Bear Boulevard Scheduled to Continue Today; Watch for Rocks on Arctic Circle

With the Labor Day holiday behind us, CalTrans roadwork continues on Big Bear Boulevard, from Boulder Bay to Big Bear City, and flagging can also be expected on Highway 18 en route to Lucerne Valley, as well as on Highway 18 at the Big Bear bridge project. If you tuned in to KBHR yesterday (September 7), you may have heard us mention that rocks … [Read more...]

Blasting at Big Bear Bridge Project This Week; Improvements to Big Bear Boulevard Begin Today

There will be some additional delays on Highway 18 at the Big Bear Dam this week, to accommodate blasting, which is scheduled to take place from 1 to 3pm, today (August 31) through Thursday (September 3). Motorists taking Highway 18 en route to Highway 330 can expect afternoon delays, though signage will be posted in advance. Regular, weekday … [Read more...]

Flagging and Road Work Continues on All Three Mountain Routes Today

Though blasting is taking place near the dam, to accommodate the new Highway 18 bridge, plans are to preserve and/or renovate the historic damkeeper's house (at top left). The house was built in 1890, using hand-cut granite stone blocks, from the same quarry used for the 1884 dam.

CalTrans has been busy at road repairs and paving projects on our mountain highways so, as of today (August 21), flagging does continue on all three routes to and from the Big Bear Valley. On Highway 38, flagging does continue to accommodate paving upgrades, though the project at the base of the mountain, in Mentone, is expected to wrap today. On … [Read more...]

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