Caltrans: Highway 18 Closure Hours for Hwy. 18 Winter Preparations

Caltrans logoOctober 2-If you’re heading to or from Big Bear via Hwy. 18 you need to know that the some changes have been made by Caltrans relating to their extensive work on Hwy. 18 in the “Arctic Circle.”

The work will now be done Monday through Friday, October 12 to October 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The closure will be between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam. Due to the scope of the work and the safety considerations, as well as additional planned work, the closure will now take place during daytime hours. Clearing boulders off steep cliffs that abut the highway cannot safely be done during the night hours so it is important for the safety of all Caltrans workers in the area that some of these improvements be done in the daylight hours.

Caltrans will also complete annual routine maintenance in order to prepare for winter. This work  will include rock scaling, clearing turnouts and drains, guardrail maintenance and they will paint the recessed “fog lines” on the newly-paved section.

Motorists are advised to use State Route (Hwy.) 38 as an alternate route to Big Bear.

State Route 18 Closing for Winter Weather Work: Starts in October!

Caltrans logoA reminder that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 will close State Route 18 in the “Arctic Circle” Monday through Friday nights, from Oct. 12 to October 29 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. between Snow Valley Ski Resort and the Big Bear Dam.

Maintenance crews will be cleaning cuts and drains as part of the agency’s storm relief efforts. Additionally, crews will take advantage of the closure to conduct routine maintenance including cutting vegetation away from signs and removing slide material and debris that has found its way down slopes as a result of any recent storms.

Motorists are advised to use SR 38 as an alternate route to Big Bear. Plan ahead and “know before you go!”

To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to: http://www.caltrans8.info and sign up for commuter/media e-mailalerts.

Hwy. 18 at Arctic Circle Closing for Winter Weather Preparation

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, will close State Route 18 (SR-18) in the “Arctic Circle” Monday through Friday nights from October 12 to October 29, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closures will be  in effect between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam.

Maintenance crews will be cleaning cuts and drains as part of Caltrans’ storm relief efforts. Additionally, crews will take advantage of the closure to conduct routine maintenance such as cutting vegetation away from signs and removing slide material and debris that has found its way down the slopes as a result of recent storms.

Motorists are advised to use SR 38 as an alternate route to Big Bear. “Plan ahead, know before you go!”

 

Caltrans Schedules Road Maintenance through “The Narrows” Road Closure Ahead!

Caltrans logoCaltrans will be doing doing maintenance projects to clean roadside culverts and remove rocks from the steel cable netting along the slopes of State Route 18 at “The Narrows”  between Monday, June 15 and Friday, June 19. The closure hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from State Route 138 to Lake Gregory Drive. Hwy. 18 will also be closed in both directions from SR 138 to Lake Gregory Drive (only if needed to complete the work) from June 22-26.

The following road closures are necessary so plan ahead, if possible

Caltrans officials are advising motorists to use Crest Forest Drive as the detour. With the major road closure to perform the maintenance work motorists need to give themselves extra time as the traffic on Crest Forest Drive is apt to be  heavier than usual.

Going to the Stagecoach Music Event in the Desert? Expect Delays! Caltrans Information!

Before you head to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival this weekend, read these tips from Caltrans.
Before you head to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival this weekend, read these tips from Caltrans.

One person’s fun can turn into another person’s aggravation and if you’re heading toward the Beaumont  and Indio  areas this weekend (April 24-27) you need to be aware that the annual Stagecoach event begins about noon on Friday, Heavy traffic is expected on the eastbound I-10 that leads to the desert and the music event ends late Sunday evening with some traffic expected on the westbound I-10 and northbound SR-111. This event always draws a lot of recreation vehicle who will stay the night Sunday and leave on Monday morning. This situation will again cause delays on the westbound I-10 throughout the day between Indio and Beaumont.

Caltrans advises travelers to use the 1-10 between Beaumont and Indio and to avoid traveling Friday April 24 through Monday, April 27. There will be long lines of traffic on those days and there are very few alternate routes for drivers to take. The best solution is to try to plan to travel as much as possible with the suggestions that Caltrans has released about the most “perfect” traveling times.

Caltrans  encourages everyone to travel to and from the area in the early morning hours, if possible and they strongly suggest that all drivers and passengers should take WATER as well as snacks and necessary medications. Having a full tank of gas is also stressed and all drivers should make sure their car is in good running condition. Taking a charged cellphone is also recommended and don’t forget a car charger. Use the restroom before you travel between Beaumont and Indio. Be sure to take your “patience”  with you because you will probably need it but they can follow traffic conditions on Caltrans Quickmap.

Motorists can use the Quickmap to map out the best detour route such as SR 62 or SR 74. If you are coming west from Arizona use 1-40 in lieu of  taking the 1-10. Caltrans will activate the overhead Changeable Message Signs and they will also contact the Arizona Department of Transportation to help inform the public of impending delays this weekend.

Remember, Know before you go,  check local traffic radio stations for information or try to avoid the area, if possible.

 

Heading Into or Out of the Barton Flats Area on Hwy. 38? Read This!

Caltrans logoIf you’re traveling on State Route 38 near Barton Flats you might want to consider an alternate route because through the end of 2015 a bridge project will affect traffic. During the construction project at Hathaway Creek, Caltrans advises that drivers use State Route 330 and State Route Hwy. 18 to avoid delays.

Best Wishes to Caltrans District 8 Director, Basem Muallem

Caltrans logoCaltrans District 8 Director, Basem Muallem, announced his retirement this week. He began his long career in District 7 as an entry level Civil Engineer 32 years ago. He became District 8 director in June 2012 and he has been responsible for over 7,200 lane miles of state highways in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. He has also been at the “head” of a staff of 1,200 employees and he was responsible for an operating budget of $181 million. He has oversee all facets of design, construction, operation and maintenance of the State highway system in the greater Inland Empire region.

Basem served as the liaison to the statewide Caltrans director regarding local issues, achievements and opportunities. Mr. Muallem worked in partnership with SANBAG, RCTC and local resource agencies to provide a safe and reliable highway network for the traveling public.

I first met Mr. Muallem after the Hwy. 330 landslide a few years ago that closed the highway for many months about four years ago. While I certainly don’t know him well I do admire him for his dedication to his position all these years.

I wish him well in his retirement!