Tag: CalTrans

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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Caltrans Continues Roadwork on Highway 18 Weekdays Through Monday

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 18, 2013 – Work is expected to continue on Big Bear Boulevard/Highway 18 in Big Bear Lake weekdays only between now and Monday, September 23rd between the hours of 7am and 12noon.  Caltrans only released information about their notice of work on this section of the highway as of 6pm last night, after the project was well underway.  Caltrans is placing fog seal on the existing roadway in an effort to seal cracks in the road in preparation for winter.  The scope of the project starts and ends between Pine Knot and Stanfield Cutoff although they are conducting the roadwork in sections of the highway.  Today’s roadwork runs the scope of Summit Boulevard to Stanfield.  Commuters are limited in the areas they can turn based on the section or sections of the roadway under construction which will change daily.  Additionally, drivers are cautioned to follow the rules of the road while under construction as California Highway Patrol officers are present to enforce the rules and cite drivers...

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Watch Out For Wildlife!

San Bernardino National Forest, September 17, 2013 – Many mountain residents have heard of drivers accidentally hitting deer or bears on local highways, but here are some startling statistics: In 2010, there were over 1,800 wildlife-vehicle collisions statewide, causing approximately $1 billion in property damage (per the California Highway Patrol). Nationally, an estimated 1.5 million animals are hit annually, causing over 200 human fatalities, according to Defenders of Wildlife. “Watch Out for Wildlife Week” runs through September 22, and is promoted by Caltrans, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis, in an effort to improve safety for travelers and wildlife alike. Craig Stowers, CDFW’s Deer Program Coordinator, points out, “Many deaths, injuries, and costly vehicle repairs could be avoided if drivers would just pay more attention, be aware of when animals are most active and be prepared to react safely if an animal moves onto the road.” Caltrans and CDFW offer a few tips for motorists: Be particularly alert when driving in wildlife areas. If you see an animal cross the road, know that another may be following. Don’t litter. It could entice animals to venture onto the road....

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