Through WINTER 2019
VIDEOS - Winterizing The Arctic Circle 01b https://youtu.be/9ZbwDBsdqw8
Winterizing The Arctic
Circle 02 https://youtu.be/MgnLOr8orec
Important to: Travelers on
San Bernardino Mountain Roads
Caltrans District 8 Public Information Officers: TERRI
KASINGA, EMILY LEINEN, SHANE MASSOUD
Editor E T Russell and
Photographer Richard Millener participated in an on-site operation with California
Department of Transportation (CALTRANS)District 8, Maintenance Crews, during a
major Scaling and Boulder Removal Project on State Route 18 Arctic Circle, near
Big Bear Lake, California. Editor Russell
interviewed Engineers, Climbers and PIOs while Photographer Millener produced the video.
Our viewers can witness the operation that is
mandatory for preparing for another Winter-season (2018-2019) in the mountains.
We will be following with necessary temporary
closures for maintenance, travel guides and precautions while traveling during
the cold, snowy weather that is natural to mountain-life of the San Bernardinos.
California Highway Patrol Arrowhead (CHP) Arrowhead
Regional Headquarters, Running Springs conducted the Complete Road Closures
that were scheduled to allow safe maintenance work to thoroughly do the rock scaling
The large scale rock
removal project with CALTRANS Geotechnical Engineering utilized a drone to
assess the slopes during scaling. CALTRANS Climbing Instructors and crews of at
least 35 experienced Climbers cleared the potential dangerous large boulders,
small rock and debris from the steep mountains that in-case the heavily
traveled road, the SR-18. Residents of
Big Bear Valley as well as, Winter visitors are treated to a panoramic view of
the San Bernardino Valley while driving the 18; but to stay vigilant of the possibility
of rockfall. CALTRANS has maintained a
Winter clearing and repair project previous to the Winter traffic that usually
is dealing with snow and ice removal, too.
We acknowledge those that
performed a risky job of scaling the steep mountain slopes of State Route-18 from
the Big Bear Lake Dam, to Snow Valley and to the Wall at the State Route 330. Those courageous men and women (one Female
Climber) worked under the direction of:
Caltrans, Richard Rusnak,
Richard, Fawnskin Supervisor and Climbing Instructor,
Caltrans Climbing Crew
and Drone Operator
Caltrans Public Affairs Chief,
Terri Kasinga, Caltrans PIO, Shane Massoud, Caltrans PIO Emily Leinen
Special Dedication to RICHARD MILLENER for his years of creative photography and service to the people and friends of the San Bernardino Mountains. Regretfully, Richard 'The Photographer' passed away March 2019.
Climbing Crews Scrape
& Clear of Boulders
Big Bear Lake
NewsRoom Editor E T Russell
Caltrans Chief Public
Information Officer Terri Kasinga
Photos & Video by Millener Productions
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