Big Bear News – Crestline, CA – UPDATE: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline. The southbound SR-18 lanes have been closed since December 24, 2021, but will now reopen today, January 20, 2022. The piloting program will end, and traffic will be able to use the newly fixed road that has been repaved and restriped.
Crews will continue to work in the area Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which time, lane closures may be needed to assist in the repairs that are ongoing. No work will be conducted on Saturdays or Sundays. Remaining repairs include excavation, guardrail replacement, inlet modifications, and plant establishment.
Update from 1/6/222: Caltrans has announced that they will reopen Highway 18 near Crestline, with assistance of a pilot car, starting tomorrow, January 7th at 3pm. The highway has been closed for emergency repairs after a section of the roadway near Panorama Point between 40th Street and SR-138 was washed out during the latest series of recent storms. As construction continues to fully restore the damaged roadway, the pilot car will bring vehicles up and down the highway utilizing the northbound lanes for travel. The escort vehicle will operate 24/7. Travelers should anticipate that wait times could be in excess of 30 minutes depending on the number of travelers utilizing the state route at any time.