Big Bear Road Closure for October

Big Bear motorists and Oktoberfest visitors should plan ahead for evening road closures starting October 12th -29th at “Arctic Circle” on State Route 18 from Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Road Closure Details

The closure, issued by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is a storm relief effort, occurring between Snow Valley Ski Resort and Big Bear Dam. Work crews will be prepping the affected area of the closure for winter weather by performing tasks including:

  • cleaning culverts
  • performing drainage
  • picking up roadside debris
  • trimming vegetation near street signs
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Road closures to Big Bear on Arctic Circle on SR 18

Alternative Route for Motorists Traveling to Big Bear

Motorists heading for Big Bear are advised to use SR 38 as an alternative route. If you are staying with us for Big Bear’s Oktoberfest celebration or plan to make reservations between October 12th – 29th we advise taking the alternative route.

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Caltrans advises taking SR 38 when motorists are traveling to Big Bear

If you still need to make reservations, don’t forget to book online for 25% OFF when you stay two nights or more from Friday – Sunday until October 31st.

Caltrans Speaks Out about Road Work near Big Bear

According to the Big Bear Grizzly,  Caltrans District 8 spokesperson Shelli Lombardo said the closures are being done at night out of consideration for the public.

“We’re trying to make it as easy on the motoring public as possible, and to take advantage of the closure to get as much maintenance work done as we possibly can,” Lombardo said, as reported by the Big Bear Grizzly. “We know between now and then there will probably be slide material on the road, so they’ll take care of that as well.”

Big Bear Road Closure Updates & Driving Directions

For recent updates and information about travel tips, weather advisories and area road closures, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To contact us regarding driving directions or reservation information, call us at (800) 798-3960.

For direct information regarding this road closure, please contact Caltrans at (916) 654-2852.



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