Tag: Tire Chains

Chain Installers Invited to Apply With Caltrans

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 27, 2012 — The state Department of Transportation is accepting applications for chain installers in local mountains this winter. Applications are available online at www.dot.ca.gov/dist8. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 24 and mailed to Caltrans Maintenance, Chain Installer Application, 175 W. Cluster Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. No walk-ins will be accepted, and getting a “Certificate of Mailing” from the post office is recommended. New applicants will need to pass a written and performance test in Running Springs on October 13; permit holders from last winter do not need to test. All chain installers will need to pay a permit fee of $200 to Caltrans.   Caltrans District 8 has 75 permit positions available across four designated areas: · State Route 18, from San Bernardino to Lucerne Valley, including Snow Valley, 20 permit positions. · State Route 330, from the 210 Freeway to State Route 18, 30 permit positions. · State Route 38, from Bryant Street to Hatchery Rd, 20 permit positions. · State Route 138, from State Route 2 to the 15 Freeway and State Route 2, 5 permits, good on both routes. If you have any questions, please contact the Caltrans Superintendents’ Office at (909) 867-2102. Should your call be answered by our voice mail please leave your name, telephone number and the best time to contact...

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Mountain Travel Tips For Driving In Winter Weather

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 16, 2012, noon – Winter storms have been sporadic this year, but K-BEAR Meteorologist Ben Brissey says there’s a big one projected for this weekend that could bring several inches of snow. So if you must get in your car and travel anywhere in the mountains this weekend, Caltrans has a few helpful tips to make your drive a safe and enjoyable one. Fill up your gas tank and always have tire chains with you. Mountain weather is unpredictable and changes without warning. Bring water, food, warm clothing, sturdy shoes or boots, and necessary medications. Bring a charged cell phone and your cell phone charger for your vehicle. Bring a flashlight or battery operated radio just in case.  Make sure your tires are in good condition and your vehicle is running well. If you need to install tire chains, use the chain control areas or turnouts near chain control locations – never block the roadway or put chains on next to the road. Never play in the snow next to the roadway – it is dangerous for you, your kids, and other motorists. And remember, always make room and slow down for Caltrans equipment, CHP vehicles, and emergency responders. For the latest weather and road information listen to 93.3FM or visit...

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