On the Boulevard ?’s
Big Bear Boulevard
Construction Frequently Asked Questions:
Current construction work along Big
Bear Boulevard to underground all utilities and prepare for the scheduled 2017
Caltrans complete overlay of the 4-lane highway is causing residents and
visitors to ask many questions.
Most Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Who is in charge of all the work
being done on Big Bear Boulevard and is there a telephone number that may be
contacted for questions?
* This is a Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) Master
Project, and each utility working along the Boulevard has their own Public Information
Officer, however, Big Bear Boulevard is a state highway and falls under the jurisdiction of Caltrans District 8.
For general questions regarding
projects happening along the Big Bear Boulevard lease contact District 8
Offices at (909) 383-4631.
2. Why are there so many
construction projects on the Bear Boulevard?
* All utility companies: Verizon, Charter, Southwest Gas (SWG), Bear Valley Electric
Service and the Department of Water & Power (DWP), are working on their own
projects with various contractors.
3. What is the purpose of all
construction taking place?
* The purpose of the work is to get all utilities
underground and necessary underground repairs completed. All utilities which
are currently on the utility poles along the Boulevard will be underground and
the poles will be subsequently removed.
Also, utilities which are already
underground (e.g. SWG & DWP lines) are being maintained and/or repaired.
Light poles will be placed along
the Big Bear Boulevard for a much more visually appealing
look, and reliability of services will be significantly increased as the
utilities will no longer be exposed to the elements.
Public safety will also be
increased as there will no longer be exposed wires and poles above ground.
Additionally, next month CalTrans will begin the project of replacing 26
handicap ramps, portions of sidewalk and three signals along the Boulevard.
4. It seems like they cut a hole,
do some work then fill the hole then do it again, why?
* Each of the utility agencies have different timelines and
may be working with different contractors; in the interest of time and not
working on top of each other utility work will be conducted by one utility
agency, temporary asphalt will be placed and then the next utility agency will
work in that same area through the Fall of 2016.
5. How many contractors are working
on the Big Bear Boulevard?
* There are a total of
five (5) contractors. BVES and Charter are working in conjunction with the
same contractor, Verizon is working with their own contractor, SWG and DWP are still out to bid but will work
in conjunction with the same contractor, CalTrans will be working with their own
contractor in a month when they begin their work on the handicap ramps and
6. What contractors are working on the
Boulevard (who are they)?
BVES/Charter – Bear Valley Paving > SWG/DWP – still out to bid
Verizon – Doty Brothers > CalTrans – LA Landscapes
7. What is the time frame for
construction project to be complete?
* All utilities are scheduled to be
underground by Spring 2017. At that time CalTrans will begin preparing for
the major street overlay construction project for the Boulevard. The Boulevard overlay
project will be constructed next summer and should take 2-3 months to complete. As is
always the case, construction work will break for weekends, holidays and be dictated
by weather conditions.
8. Will the utility poles be removed after the project is complete?
they will be. The last
utility remaining on the pole will be responsible for removal and the
completion of removal is scheduled to be the same time as project completion.
9. When will the highway be
* CalTrans is scheduled to begin overlay and repaving of the Big Bear Boulevard, Summer 2017.
10. How was the public informed
regarding construction projects prior to everything getting underway?
* There were a number of press releases regarding the
projects that went out prior to beginning of work. BVES and CalTrans have
conducted public outreach efforts to educate residents and visitors regarding
11. There has been a lot of talk
over the last year about improving traffic congestion during peak times, a
center lane near Paine Road to make pedestrians and cyclists safer, with all of
this construction being done is anything happening that will actually help with
* Traffic congestion improvement is a separate concept and
project and largely impacted by peak winter season and holidays
such as 4th of July. The City of Big Bear Lake is always interested in how to
improve traffic congestion for residents and visitors. There are continual and on-going
discussions between the City of Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Sheriff, CalTrans District
8 and the resorts/lodges.
12. Once the project is completed,
will this type of work have to be done again at some point to maintain the
integrity of the underground utilities?
* Generally, underground utilities have a 40-50 year
lifespan, so this project should be a one-time shot. There is a possibility of
minor maintenance in the future, but nothing to the extent of what has been
taking place recently.
13. What will happen to the banners
recognizing service members on the utility poles when the poles come down?
* There are several options for placement of banners
following removal of utility poles along the Boulevard and families will be
kept in the loop as changes occur.