Tag: CalTrans

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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Spring Cleaning: The Adopt-a-Highway Program Has Big Bear Openings

Big Bear Valley, CA, April 25, 2014 – Earth Day may be officially past, but the “Don’t Trash California” campaign is still on, reminding motorists along state highways to stash their trash. Caltrans District 8 has spent over $6 million so far in this fiscal year cleaning up over 7,200 highway lane miles in the Inland Empire. If the state highways could remain litter free, these funds could instead be spent on highway maintenance like pothole repair. Another incentive is avoiding the $1,000 fine for littering, which applies even to cigarette butts thrown out the window. Caltrans utilizes a variety of litter removal programs in San Bernardino county, including work release programs, one-day clean ups by local groups and agencies, and  Adopt-a-Highway. Big Bear residents can join the Adopt-A-Highway Program to maintain sections of roadway within our community. Besides beautifying the area and preventing plastics and other pollutants from entering our waterways, adopters will have their contributions recognized on a highway sign. Caltrans provides all supplies and safety training. Available adoption sites in the Big Bear area: ·         East bound 18 post mile 48.0 to 50.0- Mill Creek Road to Crane Drive ·         West bound 18 pm 50.0 to 48.0- Crane Drive to Mill Creek Road ·         West bound 18 pm 52.0 to 50.0- Stanfield Cutoff to Crane Drive ·         East bound 38 pm 40.0 to 42.0- Onyx Road to before Balky Horse Cyn Road ·         West bound...

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Slow Down for the Cone Zone

Big Bear City, CA, April 21, 2014 – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) starts work this week on a safety project near the airport in Big Bear City. This $469,000 project will improve Big Bear Blvd. at Big Tree Drive, widening the roadway and re-striping the intersection to provide one through-lane and a left-turn lane for both directions. Caltrans says that with the recent increase in highway traffic in that area, these improvements will enhance safety at this location. Crews will perform the majority of the work during nighttime hours, but daytime work may also occur with shoulder closures, if needed, and there will be sporadic traffic control with flagging. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May, weather permitting. Dreambuilders of Placentia is performing the work, which is scheduled as follows: Friday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Construction Area Sign Installation (No traffic control needed) Monday, April 28 – Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Tree Removal (Flagging) Monday, April 28 – Monday, May 5, 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Work on culvert & minor structures (Flagging) Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9, 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Roadway excavation & compaction (Flagging) Monday, May 12 – Thursday, May 15, 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Grinding and asphalt paving tentatively scheduled (Flagging) Monday, May 19, 10:00 p.m. –...

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Historic Drought Requires New Tactics

Big Bear City, CA, February 13, 2014 – Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. Now Caltrans is launching an unprecedented conservation campaign on California highways, targeting the state’s 24 million drivers. Over 700 electronic highway signs went up this week displaying the message: SERIOUS DROUGHT HELP SAVE WATER The signs will be activated when there are no critical traffic safety messages or Amber Alerts. Caltrans itself is about to cut its irrigation activities by at least half, and using recycled water for irrigation. The California Department of Water Resources measures the water content of the snow pack each month to determine the state’s water supply for the year. Snow provides about a third of the water for California’s homes and farms as it melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers. On January 30th, measurements showed the water content level was 12% of average for this time of year. That is the driest ever recorded at this time of year. Governor Brown has called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent. To calculate your water usage at home and get tons of tips on conserving, visit...

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