Highway 330 has re-opened with some travel delays expected because of one lane flagging.

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Despite Weather Challenges, Highway 330 Still Slated to Open in Mid-May

Crews have backfilled the roadway, to as much as 80', to cover the new culvert installed two weeks ago.

We have received contact from CalTrans today (April 28), and officials tell us that though the weather over the past week presented some challenges on the Highway 330 project, the contractor has continued to make progress on the road rehabilitation, as the new culvert was installed two weeks ago and backfill has been underway in the meantime. … [Read more...]

CalTrans Expects Mid-May Re-Opening of Highway 330

The new 266' long culvert is now in place.

Progress continues on Highway 330, which has been closed since mid-March due to storm-prompted damages to the roadway and the culvert beneath it. The new culvert of galvanized steel was installed last week, and backfill began on Friday. The backfill portion of the project, to fill in some 80' over the pipe for the roadway, should be completed … [Read more...]

Good News: Highway 330 May Re-Open As Early as Mid-May

A diversionary pipe is in place during construction, to mitigate further erosion.

When Highway 330 was closed in mid-March and, a day later, an emergency culvert repair and road replacement project began under a CalTrans-issued emergency contract, it was anticipated that the highway closure would last into mid-June. However, per a conversation with Darin Cooke of CalTrans today, Highway 330 may re-open earlier than anticipated. … [Read more...]

Happy Monday: Snow, High Winds, and Chain Requirements for Motorists

Big Bear Valley, CA -- The snow has been coming down since about the 5am hour this morning, prompting chain controls on some roads here in the Big Bear Valley. At present [at 8am April 5], R2 chain requirements are in place for the front grade of Highway 18, from Pine Knot Avenue in the Village west to the Arrowhead area; chains are also required … [Read more...]

CalTrans Provides Update on Highway 330 Closure; Roadway Closed Since March 16 for Emergency Project

During his presentation before City Council, CalTrans liasion Dennis Green mentioned that the Big Bear bridge project on Highway 18 at the dam is over two months behind schedule, due to snow.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- It was during a routine “storm patrol” that a CalTrans employee discovered the damage to the Highway 330 culvert (from the 1940s) and erosion to the roadway, prompting the emergency repair project that got underway on Tuesday, March 16. In a presentation before the City Council of Big Bear Lake on Monday, CalTrans liaison … [Read more...]

Yep, For Real: Highway 330 Closed Until June for Emergency Repairs

On Monday, CalTrans determined that the culvert would need to be repaired; crews were since contracted and work began on Tuesday.

As of yesterday, March 16, and continuing until mid-June, Highway 330 is closed to all traffic, as CalTrans has implemented an emergency slope and road repair project, to address the erosion caused by recent storms and subsequent culvert failure. The emergency project will replace the culvert on Highway 330 near City Creek, about eight miles up … [Read more...]

CalTrans Plans for Weeks-Long Closure of Highway 330, Though No Start Date Announced (Update: Closed as of Tuesday)

CalTrans announced today that a culvert failure will result in the closure of Highway 330 and though no specifics were outlined, the roadway could be closed for several weeks. Erosion accelerated by recent storms is cited for the culvert failure, approximately eight miles up the mountain from Highland Avenue. A contractor was hired today (March … [Read more...]

Big Bear Receives Over a Foot of New Snow Since Yesterday, Prompting School Closures and Other Cancellations

As of Thursday morning, this week's third storm has dumped over a foot of snow on the Big Bear Valley--and it's still snowing! Those lucky enough to have a Snow Day can hit the slopes; both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are open.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Our third storm of the week is officially here, accounting for more than a foot of new snow since yesterday, and bringing our seasonal snow levels to 44 inches and counting [as of 8am January 21]. Today’s storm comes with a Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service, accounting for heavy snow continuing into … [Read more...]

Ski Resorts Receive Up to a Foot of Snow Over Holiday Weekend; R2 Chain Requirements in Effect for All Mountain Roads

The holiday weekend brought us eight inches of snow here in the Big Bear Valley, and though sunny skies are expected today (Monday), the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the San Bernardino mountains. This Wind Advisory, in effect through this afternoon, means that winds of 35 miles per hour are expected, and these northeast … [Read more...]