Tag: road closures

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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Power Lines to be Relocated Underground Along Big Bear Blvd.

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 28, 2014 – Starting today, Bear Valley Electric Service will begin work to move three miles of power poles and wires to underground conduits along Big Bear Blvd. This is being done in conjunction with sidewalk upgrades planned by the City of Big Bear Lake. Many of the power poles date back to the 1970s and need to be replaced, according to BVES Operations Manager Paul Marconi, and this project will improve safety, reliability, and aesthetics along Big Bear’s main tourist thoroughfare. Underground power lines last longer and are more immune to damage from Big Bear’s extreme weather, car crashes, and animals. The Boulevard Electrical Distribution Undergrounding Project will be done on and off along various stretches of the boulevard over the next 15 months. Phase 1, which involves digging trenches alongside and across Big Bear Blvd. between Paine and Pine Knot, begins today and should last about 4 weeks. This will involve temporary lane closures, however traffic controls will be used to minimize the project’s impact on drivers. Phase 2 is expected to begin next...

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Quakes, Floods and Slides

Big Bear City, July 5, 2014 12:09 p.m. – Not to be outdone by fireworks displays, Mother Nature put on a show of her own Saturday morning, with earthquakes, rock slides and floods. A cluster of earthquakes ranging from 2.7 to 4.6 hit west-northwest of Big Bear Lake at approximately 10 a.m. Rocks and boulders that are always unstable on the slopes along Highway 18 west of Bear Valley Dam were further loosened by Friday’s rain, and then plummeted to the highway with this morning’s quakes. CHP closed the highway in both directions at about 10:23 a.m.–upbound at Snow Valley and downbound at the dam–escorting out vehicles in the area. The worst slides were reported a mile north of Snow Valley, but slides hit Fawnskin’s Rim of the World Drive too. Plows began removing the debris in the 11:00 hour, with an estimated two hours of work to complete before the highway was passable. Highway 38 remained open to traffic, but at least one vehicle was reporting as having its bottom “completely destroyed” after hitting a boulder on the road. Highway 18 to Lucerne Valley looked to be the route least effected by slides, but motorists using it to exit Big Bear are being advised to avoid the connecting Highway 247, which was washed out and closed north of Yucca Valley Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has issued...

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Friday Rolling Closures: Amgen Tour of California

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Highway 18 Road Closures Possible This Week

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