Tag: CalTrans

Motorists Advised of Heavy Traffic Delays for the Week of Thanksgiving

San Bernardino, CA, November 23, 2015 – Caltrans advises motorists that experts are predicting a 0.6% increase in all methods of travel nationwide, with approximately 47 million people traveling either by car or by airplane for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is traditionally the highest travel period in the Inland Empire region.  Caltrans expects lengthy delays on Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass, as well as, State Route’s 60, 91, Interstates 10, 210, and 215.  The projected storm for Wednesday will not make driving any easier. Be advised that I-10 travelers to Arizona and back will also experience some travel delays between Indio and Beaumont. If you plan to hit the road during the upcoming Thanksgiving week, please consider these helpful tips:  Travel in early morning hours if possible–try to leave as early as possible.  BRING WATER! Also, bring snacks and necessary medication.  Have a full tank of gas.  Make sure your car is in good running condition.  Bring a charged cell phone (with a car charger).  Use the restroom before you get on the road.  Bring chains if traveling to mountain areas. DELAYS ARE EXPECTED.  To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to...

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SR 18 Paving Project Set to Begin September 9th

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 2, 2015 – The California Department of Transportation District 8 has awarded a $4.1 million project to Matich Corporation that will pave three major segments of State Route 18 between Talmadge Road (at Red Ant Hill) to the SR-138 junction in Crestline, CA. The segments are: Talmadge Road in the City of Big Bear Lake to SR-38 (at the Big Bear Dam); from just east of Lake View Point to just east of Snow Valley Resort; and from the SR-330 junction in Running Springs to the SR-138 junction in Crestline. The project will grind the road surface, overlay with hot asphalt mix and stripe the newly completed segments. Work is scheduled to begin September 9 and continue for eighteen weeks. There will be no work over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Work hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. One-way traffic control will be in effect, expect delays or use an alternate route. Matich Corporation, who did the paving for the Village Revitalization Project, will pave as much as possible each day as they progress through the three segments. Advisory signs will be posted stating that the project is approaching. Access to SR-18 will be restricted until the hot asphalt has cooled sufficiently. Make parking arrangements outside of the construction zone if the project is in your area. Caltrans thanks you, in...

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Revised Highway Closure Schedule For Wed. Oct. 15

  Big Bear, CA, October 14, 2014 – On Wednesday October 15, Caltrans will be installing a 100 ft. long pedestrian and horse bridge across State Highway 38. The bridge is being installed to safely connect the two halves of Camp Tahquitz, which is bisected by Highway 38, and generates over 20,000 pedestrian crossings per year. Highway 38 will be closed beginning at 8:30 am and reopened by 3:30 pm. There will be a detour available around the installation site on Jenks Lake Road, however SR 18 (the front grade) will be completely open while the bridge installation takes place. On Thursday October 16, the Caltrans schedule goes back to the way it was, with SR 18 closed 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday and flagging with one-way traffic on Highway...

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Slight Change in SR-18 Closure Schedule

Big Bear, CA, October 7, 2014 – Yesterday, Caltrans started the clearing and clean-up work that they will be doing on Arctic Circle this month, beginning the weekly closures of SR-18 between the Big Bear Dam and Snow Valley. There has been a slight change in the schedule however. The 18 will now be closed 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (rather than 2:00 p.m.), but will remain Monday through Thursday ONLY, with no Friday closures. Keep in mind the on-going paving/guardrail project on SR-38 if using that as an...

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Summertime Roadwork

Big Bear Valley, CA, June 19, 2014 – The winter season is hard on our mountain roads, so repair projects and upgrades are in full swing. On the west side of town, a road widening project is taking place. On Big Bear Blvd. between Pine Knot and Paine, primarily in front of Knights Inn and the Fireside Lodge, the north-side shoulder is being rebuilt to widen the road for a new center lane. Another widening project is happening on the east side, specifically at Big Bear Blvd. and Big Tree Drive in front of the airport. New turn lanes and a center through lane are being added to enhance safety in the area. The largest project is the pavement rehabilitation work on State Route 38 from Valley of the Falls Drive in Angelus Oaks to just north of the junction with SR 18 in Big Bear City. Caltrans will be overlaying Rubberized Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete after grinding the existing roadway, extending the life of the pavement and providing a smoother ride. They will also be adding new guardrail and a center line rumble strip to enhance safety for all motorists. This project will be going on through the beginning of October. Keep these projects in mind as you schedule your trips around town and off the mountain via the 38. Add a little extra time, be patient, and...

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