SAN BERNARDINO, California, June 30, 2017 –The San Bernardino National Forest is happy to announce that the eastern section of the Alpine Pedal Path will be reopened just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend starting June 30 through July 5.

As part of the ongoing Alpine Pedal Path Improvement Project, the eastern section of the Pedal Path, from Stanfield Cutoff to North Shore Lane (across from the Serrano Campground entrance) has been completely repaved and widened to a consistent 12’ width to better accommodate all of the pedestrians and cyclists that visit the Path. We encourage you to come check out the newly renovated section of the Path for yourself as well as the two new bridges that were replaced last fall.

Construction on the east end of the Pedal path (Stanfield Cutoff to North Shore Lane) is approximately 95% complete and this section will only need to be closed intermittently on weekdays beginning July 6 through July 14.

Construction on the west end of the Pedal Path (the Serrano Section, from North Shore Lane to North Shore Lane) will commence July 6 and continue through August 31. The Serrano Section of the Path will be open Saturdays and Sundays through the construction period. Please be aware that during the construction period, the Alpine Pedal Path will have a rough unpaved surface not suitable for beginner cyclists, narrow tires, or those with limited mobility.

Ongoing construction projects related to undergrounding of utilities along Big Bear Boulevard will be put on a hold for the July 4th Holiday. No work will be done June 30th through July 6th.

To assist with the increased traffic during peak times on the fourth of July, from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am, the City of Big Bear Lake in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Caltrans have devised a plan to better accommodate the flow of traffic. This new plan will enhance visitor and resident experience for the annual “Fireworks Spectacular over the Lake.”

City Council adopts budget forecasting the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources.

On June 13, 2017, the City Council adopted the annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The outlook for the coming year indicates the continuation of steady growth in all three major revenue sources (property taxes, transient occupancy taxes and sales taxes); as such, the City’s budget is balanced with operating revenues in excess of operating expenditures and includes an investment in Capital Projects of $4.3 million of which $2.7 million is appropriated for Street Improvements.

The City remains diligent in its pursuit of alternative sources of funding to supplement local monies for infrastructure projects and has been quite successful at acquiring grant funding. In fact, 39% of the funding for budgeted capital and infrastructure enhancements will be provided by grants which have been awarded to the City.

In November 2008 voters adopted Measure Y, a measure to set aside 2% of the TOT collected for capital improvements aimed at enhancing the visitor experience. The passing of this measure has truly kept our local dollars in the community and improved and modernized our City. Since 2008, $7 million in Capital Projects have been funded through Measure Y funds. We will continue to utilize available funds from Measure Y to sustain the future of our unique mountain home and vibrant economy with new and inventive projects. Below is a chart depicting the projects utilizing Measure Y funds through budget years ending June 30, 2017. 

PREESS RELEASE

17-220
Date: October 18, 2017
District: 8 – Riverside/San Bernardino
Contact:
Phone: (909) 383-4631

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS FINISHES ANNUAL WINTER PREPARATION WORK EARLY ON STATE ROUTE 18

SAN BERNARDINO - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 is pleased to announce that the winter preparation maintenance work on State Route 18 (SR- 18) in the “Arctic Circle” will be completed one week ahead of schedule. The work will be finished on Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Caltrans crews have spent the last three weeks performing routine maintenance operations in preparation for the winter months, including repairing guardrail, cleaning drains, replacing and repairing damaged signs, slope scaling, turnout clearance, and other related work.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to www.caltrans8.info and sign up for commuter alerts. View traffic conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.


State of California • Department of Transportation
NEWS RELEASE

Date: August 29, 2017
District: 8 – Riverside/San Bernardino Counties
Contact:
Phone: (909-383-4631
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS TO COMPLETE FINAL STRIPING ON PROJECT TO REPAIR SIDEWALKS, CURBS AND GUTTERS IN BIG BEAR LAKE

SAN BERNARDINO - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is nearing completion of the project to repair and replace damaged sidewalks, curbs, gutters, including three traffic signals at various locations along State Route 18 (SR 18) in Big Bear Lake. This project was necessary to repair damage caused by years of snow removal and base failure, and to perform sidewalk and traffic upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Final striping will take place between Pine Knot Avenue and Stanfield Cut-off. Work will occur the nights of August 28 and August 29 between 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. One lane of traffic will be closed at a time and there will be a flagging operation in place to control traffic.

Caltrans expresses its gratitude to the City of Big Bear Lake, the businesses, and community members for their patience and support during this project.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to www.caltrans8.info and sign up for commuter alerts. View traffic conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.


State of California • Department of Transportation
NEWS RELEASE

17-137a
Date: August 25, 2017
District: 8 – Riverside/San Bernardino Contact: Phone: (909) 383-4416
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATE

STATE ROUTE 18 PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT IN BIG BEAR CONTINUES

SAN BERNARDINO—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues the paving project on State Route 18 (SR 18) in Big Bear from Talmage Road to Pineview Drive. The actual grind and pave portion of the project is set to begin on Monday, August 28.

The work hours will remain Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be no lane closures Friday through Sunday. No work will be done over the Labor Day weekend until the following Wednesday, September 6.

Lane closures and traffic control will be in place from now until the end of September to complete the grinding and paving work in one direction of SR 18 each day starting with the median and then the #1 and 2 lanes. The work will start at either Paine Road or Stanfield Cutoff and continue in one direction each day. A two hour window will be needed after the paving is completed to allow the material to set up before traffic can be permitted on that portion of the roadway.

Motorists are advised that they will experience delays during the grind and pave operation. Caltrans staff will be on site to monitor traffic in an effort to minimize delays to the motoring public, the community and businesses.

All work is dependent of weather. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2017.

As always, check traffic conditions on the Caltrans QuickMap at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ before your trip. Motorists are advised to plan ahead, add extra time to their commute, and consider alternate routes to avoid the work. Know before you go! Stay informed about roadwork in the Inland Empire and go to www.caltrans8.info to sign up for commuter alerts.


August 14, 2017

CONSTRUCTION ALERT | Southwest Gas

LOCATION: Big Bear Boulevard

SOUTHWEST GAS PROJECT COMPLETED!

The Southwest Gas roadwork along Big Bear Boulevard is now finished.

The project, which began in April between Talmadge Road and Mountainaire Lane and from Pine View Drive to the senior citizens center finished on Thursday, August 10.

Southwest Gas crews, and their contractors, successfully replaced underground gas pipes along Big Bear Boulevard. This routine replacement project helps ensure the continued delivery, safety, and reliability of natural gas to the Big Bear area for years to come.

Thank you to local residents, businesses and our partners for your cooperation, patience and support throughout the course of this project.

THANK YOU!!

Motorists are advised that Caltrans will be conducting roadwork which includes resurfacing the project area roads.

PROJECT HOTLINE

909-345-3317

The project hotline will remain open through Friday, August 18. (8 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday)

Please drive with caution through the construction zones and obey traffic signage and speed limits as they are in place for the safety of nearby residents, businesses, travelers, and contractor crews.


Big Bear Summer Construction Details

Multiple construction projects are ongoing and planned for the summer months to complete the undergrounding work that was started last spring and completely overlay Big Bear Boulevard. These projects will provide much needed updates to our Natural Gas lines, enhanced reliability on all utility services and smoother more aesthetically pleasing main thoroughfare for our residents and visitors. We understand that the number of projects, timeframes and detours can be frustrating and feel like an inconvenience, but all work will help generate improvements that will benefit our community.

Below is a summary of details for the projects to help plan your travel over the next several months.

1. Caltrans:

  • Work on handicap returns and curb gutter and asphalt work is scheduled to be completed prior to the July 4th Holiday Asphalt repairs will also continue along the “front grade” (18/330) for completion by winter. Culvert maintenance will take place in the fall as it has in previous years.

  • Full overlay of Big Bear Boulevard handled by Matich Construction is scheduled to begin on August 1st and continue through October. Traffic control will be in effect during the project.

2. Bear Valley Electric Service:

  • BVES still plans to be fully underground and wire pulling/topping of utility poles complete by June 30th

3. Charter:

  • Work for undergrounding of Charter lines is now mostly contained to side streets. No work will be done by Charter contractors June 30th through July 10th

4. Southwest Gas

  • Southwest Gas contractor Arizona Pipeline continues work to the natural gas line along Big Bear Boulevard. Beginning June 22 all steel plates will be ground down for ease of travel through the July 4th Holiday. Work is scheduled to be completed by June 30th with the exception of a few services in the Red Ant Hill area July 6th and 7th 
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