Big Bear Blvd

At KNICKERBOCKER Road









 

One street east of the Village of Big Bear Lake at Knickerbocker Road and Big Bear  Boulevard, Big Bear Lake Department of Water closed-off the area to begin the installation of new pipeline, Monday June 17th through Tuesday June 18th.  The work area is near the First Foundation Bank location, between Big Bear Boulevard and Stone Road. 

The City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power is replacing the water mainline. Intermittent road closures in either direction may last through June 21, as customers are connected to the new water line and the affected roadway is repaved and sealed.

The Knickerbocker Road Project is set to start after school closes for Summer and will be complete in advance of the July Independence Day holiday weekend.  Businesses will be accessible from Big Bear Boulevard and residents in the affected area will be allowed entry and exit. 

The pipeline installation is part of a larger project to replace or install 14 segments of pipe in Big Bear Lake and Fawnskin. Work will continue in various residential areas throughout Summer with Monterey Street in Moonridge next on the list. Areas slated for work include where there are gaps in the system, pipelines that are more than 50 years old, undersized and or steel. Old, undersized and steel pipes are often the culprits of water loss through leaks. The pipeline replacement project is generously funded through a combination of low-interest loans and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development. 

 

FUN FACT: Knickerbocker Rd. is named after the acclaimed William “Bill” Knickerbocker. Knickerbocker traveled to southern California from Pennsylvania arriving in the valley in the early 1900’s. Initially living in the town of Doble near Baldwin Lake, he staked two mining claims, was the Lake’s first dam keeper and was known as the “Paul Bunyan” of Big Bear due to his skills with an axe. After starting a family, he built the Knickerbocker Mansion by hand with trees he felled himself. The mansion still stands today. 

 

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