Category: Roads/Travel

Big Bear Boulevard Construction Frequently Asked Questions

Big Bear, CA, June 4th, 2016 – Current construction work along Big Bear Boulevard to underground all utilities and prepare for the scheduled 2017 Caltrans complete overlay of the 4-lane highway is causing residents and visitors to ask many questions. Below are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.   1. Who is in charge of all the work being done on Big Bear Boulevard and is there a telephone number that may be contacted for questions? This is a Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) Master Project, and each utility working along the Boulevard has their own PIO, however, Big Bear Boulevard is a state highway and falls under the jurisdiction of Caltrans District 8. For general questions regarding projects happening along the boulevard please contact District 8 Offices at (909) 383-4631. 2. Why are there so many construction projects on the Boulevard? All utility companies: Verizon, Charter, Southwest Gas (SWG), BVES and the Department of Water & Power (DWP), are working on their own projects with various contractors.  3. What is the purpose of all construction taking place? The purpose of the work is to get all utilities undergrounded and necessary underground repairs completed. All utilities which are currently on the utility poles along the Boulevard will be undergrounded and the poles will be subsequently removed. Also, utilities which are already underground (e.g. SWG & DWP...

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Early Morning Traffic Collision Takes Two Lives

UPDATE – June 1, 2016 – The driver and front passenger involved in the fatal traffic collision that occurred on May 29, 2016 at approximately 3:35 a.m. near the intersection of Big Bear Blvd. and Lark Road in Big Bear Lake have been identified. The driver, Hermelinda Celis-Juarez, a 44-year- old resident of Big Bear Lake, remains in critical condition on life support. The front passenger, Andrea Garibaldi, an 18-year- old resident of Big Bear Lake remains in the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery from her physical injuries. The cause of the collision remains under investigation with the San Bernardino...

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Traffic Collision Resulted in Major Injuries on SR-330

Running Springs, CA, May 23, 2016 – On Sunday, May 22nd, at approximately 2:11 pm, Arrowhead Area CHP responded to a traffic collision on the 330, just north of Highland Avenue.  Teresa Benitez, a 49-year old resident of Paramount, was driving southbound in a white 2000 El Dorado bus carrying 22 passengers.  For an unknown reason, the front of bus collided with the rear of a white Nissan Versa driven by Christopher Duce, a 30-year old resident of Los Angeles.  Following the collision, the driver of the van lost control of the vehicle, overturning and coming to rest in...

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CHP To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

Big Bear, CA, May 21st, 2016 – The Arrowhead office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in the unincorporated mountain area of San Bernardino County. The CHP’s goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist. A sobriety checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is designated to augment existing patrol operations. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving. Funding...

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California Puts Emphasis On Bicycle Safety

Big Bear, CA, May 8th, 2016 – May is National Bike Safety Month, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists and bicyclists to share responsibility for roadway safety. California’s weather allows bicyclists to enjoy riding many months throughout the year. Although bicycle safety should be practiced every day, the month of May has been set aside to draw awareness to how we can all help minimize bicycle injuries and deaths. “As important as it is for drivers to be mindful of bicyclists, those who ride their bicycles, must exercise safe practices and ride smart,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “With all...

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