Tag: CalTrans

Big Bear Boulevard Construction Frequently Asked Questions

Big Bear, CA, June 4th, 2016 – Current construction work along Big Bear Boulevard to underground all utilities and prepare for the scheduled 2017 Caltrans complete overlay of the 4-lane highway is causing residents and visitors to ask many questions. Below are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.   1. Who is in charge of all the work being done on Big Bear Boulevard and is there a telephone number that may be contacted for questions? This is a Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) Master Project, and each utility working along the Boulevard has their own PIO, however, Big Bear Boulevard is a state highway and falls under the jurisdiction of Caltrans District 8. For general questions regarding projects happening along the boulevard please contact District 8 Offices at (909) 383-4631. 2. Why are there so many construction projects on the Boulevard? All utility companies: Verizon, Charter, Southwest Gas (SWG), BVES and the Department of Water & Power (DWP), are working on their own projects with various contractors.  3. What is the purpose of all construction taking place? The purpose of the work is to get all utilities undergrounded and necessary underground repairs completed. All utilities which are currently on the utility poles along the Boulevard will be undergrounded and the poles will be subsequently removed. Also, utilities which are already underground (e.g. SWG & DWP...

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Caltrans Launches Employee BikeShare Program

Big Bear, CA, April 30th, 2016 – Caltrans continues to reduce its carbon footprint through the launch of its employee BikeShare Program, which makes on-site bicycles available for staff as a transit option. The bikes were procured from Practical Cycle in West Sacramento, funded through a grant from Kaiser Permanente and will be used for traveling to meetings where a vehicle might otherwise be used. In the latest Caltrans News Flash, you’ll see how employees plan to use the bicycles and the excitement surrounding the added choice of going green. As part of moving toward a fully-integrated transportation system, Caltrans is committed to increasing...

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Caltrans Looking To The Sun For Transportation

Big Bear, CA, April 15th, 2016 – California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Director Malcolm Dougherty signed a letter of intent with the Province of Noord-Holland (Netherlands) Vice Governor Elisabeth Post, MMC to look at sustainable options for capturing solar energy in transportation infrastructure. Caltrans will explore the Dutch technology, known as SolaRoad1, which implements the use of solar panels in roadway projects and has been successfully implemented in a project in Krommenie, The Netherlands. The idea behind SolaRoad is that sunlight falling on the road surface is converted into electricity by concrete panels with solar cells and a translucent top layer of tempered glass. The generated...

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Caltrans Launches New Stormwater Pollution Prevention Campaign

Big Bear, CA, March 5th, 2016 – Caltrans unveiled its new stormwater public education and outreach campaign “Protect Every Drop” to educate Californians about the sources and pathways of stormwater pollution, and encourage motorists to reduce the pollutants that affect water quality in California’s streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waters, keeping them drinkable, swimmable and fishable. Clean water is essential for our quality of life in California, and it’s important to ‘Protect Every Drop’, Every motorist needs to do their part to keep California’s waterways clean.  The campaign will address several actions the public can take, including: ·         Performing routine...

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Caltrans Gives Tips for Reducing Water Pollution During Rainy Season

Big Bear, CA, February 21st, 2016 – As we head further into the rainy season and await more of the heavy rains predicted as part of “El Nino,” there are several steps that Californians can take to reduce the pollution that runs off cars and highways and causes increased storm water pollution. By following the tips below, drivers can help do their part to reduce pollution in our waterways during the rainy season: Inspect and maintain your car regularly: Vehicles that are not maintained are a key source of storm water pollution. Visual inspection and routine maintenance go a...

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