Category: Roads/Travel

More Roadwork on the Front Grade

Big Bear, CA, September 23, 2016 – The California Department of Transportation District 8 is set to begin the paving project on State Route 18 on Monday, September 26.  The $2.3 million contract was awarded to All American Asphalt and will provide a pavement overlay from Running Springs to just south of Lake View Point. The work hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with no work on Fridays.  Traffic control, or flagging, will be necessary during the work hours. Motorists driving to Big Bear are advised to use State Route 38 to avoid this project, the...

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Full Closures on Arctic Circle to Begin in October

Big Bear, CA, September 9, 2016 – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, will close State Route 18 in the “Arctic Circle” Monday through Friday, October 3, to October 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No closures are scheduled for Friday, October 14. The closure limits are between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Dam. The full closure will take place during daytime hours due to safety considerations and additional work. Caltrans will be completing annual routine maintenance in preparation for winter. Some of the work items that will be completed are: rock climbing and bank scaling, turnout clearance, drain cleaning, and...

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Caltrtans To Install New Stop Signs on State Route 38 in Fawnskin

Big Bear, CA, September 3rd, 2016 – The California Department of Transportation will install permanent stop signs on State Route 38 at the intersection of Stanfield Cutoff on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake in Fawnskin. Currently there are two stop signs: one on Stanfiel Cutoff at SR 38 and another across SR 38 for motorists leaving the Caltrans Maintenance Facility and VCA Lakeside Animal Hospital in Fawnskin.  The two new stop signs will be installed on SR 38 at the Stanfield Cutoff intersection for east/west traffic on Monday, September 12, 2016. The stop signs were requested by...

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Overturned Dumptruck Closes SR-330 For Several Hours Yesterday

Big Bear, CA, August 24, 2016 – Yesterday, at approximately 8:40 am, Police Officer A. Gunnoe, was traveling northbound on SR-330 when he observed a three axle Peterbuilt dump truck traveling southbound on SR-330 at 40 to 45 MPH, smoking from all of its wheels. Officer Gunnoe turned around and attempted to catch up to the dump truck. As the Officer was approaching, he observed the dump truck through a cloud of smoke and dust starting to travel sideways on the highway. Consequently, the dump truck overturned onto its right side and slid into a white, 2004 Toyota Sienna, traveling northbound. Officer Gunnoe stopped and walked over to the dump truck and found the driver, a 52 year old resident of Fontana, California, inside of the cab. The victim was then extricated by Officer Gunnoe and a passerby though the windshield of the dump truck. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The driver of the Toyota was not injured and was able to drive his vehicle home. The dump truck was loaded with asphalt and spilled its load across both lanes of the highway. SR-330 was closed for approximately four hours and 50 minutes to allow for removal of the dump truck and scene clean up. The dump truck also damaged approximately 140 feet of guardrail. As a result, Caltrans began...

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Evacuation Orders Lifted For All Communities Affected by Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County, CA, August 22, 2016 – Effective Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 p.m., the evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closures. Some residents returning to their homes may find that they are without electricity. Southern California Edison is working diligently to restore utilities. Residents returning to the evacuation zone should exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units. Hwy 138 is open to residents only from Hwy 2 to Stone Basin Road. Hwy 138 at Stone Basin Road to Interstate 15 is closed to allow emergency equipment in the area to replace power poles affected by the fire. Lone Pine Canyon Road at Swarthout Canyon Road to Hwy 138 is closed. US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed. The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek Road is closed from the gun range into the forest. The fire is currently 37,020 acres with 89% containment. 1,223 personnel are assigned to the fire. A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command announced that a preliminary estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire. Calfire and all the agencies...

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