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Portions of Big Bear highway collapse amid rain damage

A major portion of highway 330 to Big Bear gave way Monday.

Various portions of Highway 330 to Big Bear collapsed after recent rainstorms caused the road to buckle, transportation officials said Monday.

A large portion of the road crumbled Dec. 20 and other sections have been damaged since, prompting the closure, said Caltrans spokesman Darin Cooke.

“State Route 330 will remain closed possibly through the winter due to damage sustained during recent storm events,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Shelli Lombardo.

Geologists surveyed the mountain road Monday to assess the damage and prepare a plan of action, she said.

“If you look up to the side" of the mountain, she said, "the slope slid; and as a result of that, the road buckled. This has happened on the mountain before, and we’ve had to wait all winter till the mountain dried out and we could fix the road.”

Officials are rerouting motorists traveling to Big Bear onto State Route 38 through Redlands. Highway 18 was also closed to traffic but may reopen sooner because damage was not as severe as officials initially thought, Lombardo said.

She said there is no chains requirement for cars now but urged drivers to carry chains in their vehicles if they planned to drive up to Big Bear.

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Photo: Portion of Highway 330. Credit: KTLA News

 
Comments () | Archives (11)

It's a good thing that guardrail survived intact.

Yeesh.

I feel for the folks in Running Springs, because, for them, there is no real "alternate route". I owned a weekend place there from 2002 to 2006, and because of fires, slides, and maintenance work on 330 I probably lost 3-4 months of usage of my place. It was simply a huge hassle to drive in via Lake Arrowhead -- it added 20-30 minutes to what was normally a 90 minute drive from L.A. via 330. Because 330 rises steeply up from the Highland area, you don't get into fog until you're almost into Running Springs, but coming in from Arrowhead on 18 you're on Rim of the World for what seems like forever -- in heavy fog. Not much fun...

Darn...Guess that snowboarding trip is off...oh, wait...I don't snowboard...

Chains arent going to do any good , with a Huge Hole in the Road !!

the road is falling said chickhen little

We Californians are more brave than we think we are.

Highway 18 is now open

Oh my gosh that is crazy! Me and my family were going to go skiing there pretty soon. I hope the road can be fixed ? The only thing left is that gaurd rail but what good is it if there isn't even a road?

Looks like a stunt for Tony Hawk on that guard rail...bet he could boardslide that bad boy to the other side no problem...

Now if we could only all skate like he does...who would need roads?

*Chris Farley and David Spade voice*

RooOOOooooAaaaads!

Another reason why flying cars would be AWESOME


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