Roadwork Ahead Sign

Bear Valley Electric Service recently completed Phase II of its power line underground project on Big Bear Boulevard. Phase III includes work between Georgia Street and Fox Farm Road.

The update was part of a Regional Traffic Advisory Committee meeting April 14 at the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce office in Big Bear Lake.

But Bear Valley Electric isn’t the only agency with work scheduled on Big Bear Boulevard. Big Bear Lake Department of Water General Manager Reggie Lamson reported that his agency is expected to begin pipeline work along the boulevard in June, working in conjunction with Southwest Gas, which also has a project scheduled.

“Big Bear Boulevard will be a slalom course (during the summer),” Lamson said, adding that work will halt during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The DWP pipeline project includes the area between Thrush Drive and Fox Farm Road.

Sandy Benson of Mountain Transit reported that the agency has finished negotiations with Vons Shopping Center and the city to upgrade the bus stop on Sandalwood Drive. Plans are to install a bus shelter and ADA pathway, Benson said. No date has been set for the project. Benson also said that Mountain Transit expects delivery of eight more vehicles and are still working on their on-time app to help riders know when a bus is arriving at a stop.

Nick Bruinsma of Big Bear Fire Department said his agency is working on plans to remove fallen branches from the winter storms. The department’s chipping program will begin soon, he said.

Kevin Sebourn of the city of Big Bear Lake said the city has begun its spruce up for spring campaign with street sweeping, line painting, hot mix repairs and filling potholes. People may have already noticed the sharrow emblems on some Big Bear Lake roads identifying a street is to be shared with motorists and cyclists.

Tim Byrne, project manager for the San Bernardino Associated Governments, or SANBAG, talked about the San Bernardino Mountain Area Transportation Study he is conducting and the need for community input. “We want to identify key critical issues related to traffic,” Byrne said.

For more information on how to participate in the San Bernardino Mountain Area Transportation Study, see the story in the April 20 issue of The Grizzly.

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