Extensive Storm Damage


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Beaumont, California ____ The California Highway Patrol (CHP), San Gorgonio Pass Headquarters and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 is providing the following information regarding road closures and checkpoints related to the storms on February 14, 2019, and February 20, 2019.


STATE ROUTE -243 remains closed from INTERSTATE-10 to Idyllwild due to extensive damage and roadway loss.

STATE ROUTE -74 remains closed from Valle Vista at Borco to Mountain Center.


STATE ROUTE -74 (Palms to Pines Highway, low desert, Anza) from Lake Hemet to Mountain Center and Idyllwild is open to residents, cabin occupants, and business owners/employees only. Blocking the road to play in the snow is NEVER allowed.


“Vehicles left parked in any roadway or blocking construction zones are subject to citation and/or impound,” said Captain Mike Alvarez, commander of the San Gorgonio Pass CHP office.

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“Roadways must be fully accessible to emergency vehicles and construction equipment, so access to the Idyllwild-Pine Cove area will be restricted while Caltrans repairs the damaged roads from the rain and snow storms.

The CHP and Caltrans thank both the residents and visitors for their patience while we help the Idyllwild community recover from these storms.”


CHECKPOINTS - The California Highway Patrol will be setting up a checkpoint on STATE ROUTE -74 near Lake Hemet from Friday morning, February 22nd through Sunday evening, February 23rd to ensure only residents, cabin occupants, and business owners/employees have access to the Idyllwild Pine Cove and Mountain Center areas. Please be prepared to provide proof of residency, occupancy, ownership, rental, etc.


Know Before You Go:


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The CHP strongly recommends travelers to check travel

conditions, road closures, and chain controls




Use Caltrans' “Quick Map” for current road conditions

and chain requirements at