Highway 330 (Hwy. 330) the most popular route to Big Bear, is now OPEN to all traffic in both directions. Hwy. 330 opened at 4 p.m. today and will remain open permently 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During the remainder of the projects the route will be subject to flagging or possible partial or full closure. Completion of all three emergency projects is expected in late summer.
Repair crews have worked since last December to replace several portions of the roadway that were washed away during heavy winter storms. The June opening beat early assessments, which estimated an October reopening. However, due to favorable weather conditions, and expedited contract work, repairs were able to move forward at an extraordinary pace.
Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) stated, “I’m amazed at the speed and quality of the work here. Thinking back, the damage to the roadway in December was enormous. Now, just six months later, we’re cutting the ribbon for the permanent reopening of 330, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. This is great news for the local economies in the San Bernardino Mountain region.”
“The Department is proud to announce the early opening of State Route 330. Without the dedicated perseverance of the contractors (Skanska and SEMA), local elected officials and agencies, as well as Caltrans’ staff, the success of the project would never have been possible,” said Caltrans District 8 Director Dr. Raymond Wolfe. “The Department would like to thank the mountain communities and businesses for their patience and understanding during this challenging time. Our goal is to continue to provide the traveling public with the best and safest transportation facilities possible.”
Other routes open to Big Bear include Hwy. 38 (through Redlands), Hwy. 18 (through San Bernardino/Crestline), and Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne Valley). Next week the Big Bear Bridge Project at Big Bear Dam is expected to open to the public.
Now is the ideal time to visit Big Bear for a summer getaway trip. The lake is brim full, the fishing exceptional, the surrounding forest awe-inspiring and mellow temperatures and mountain breezes keep the alpine resort cool.