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Highway 330 to Big Bear Could Be Closed for 2 Years

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A portion of Highway 330, one of the main routes into the San Bernardino Mountains that connects to Big Bear, collapsed as a result of the massive rains that pounded the region in late December. Now Caltrans says it could take their crews up to two years to fix and reopen the route, according to the OC Register.

A Caltrans spokesperson says two years of being closed is a "worse [sic] case scenario."

The collapse happened at the 35-mile mark, which is 6 miles north of Highland Avenue. Highway 330 connects the 210 Freeway at Highland Avenue to the 18, which runs from further West from the 210 through Wildwood Park and Crest Park on the west side of the 330, and up into Big Bear and up into the Lucerne and Apple Valleys and beyond to the east and north of the 330.

Traffic is up on the 18, but nothing significant, though Running Springs has had more congestion on their roads, said the CHP. Drivers can also use Highway 38 through Redlands to get around the closure. After more study, Caltrans expects to have a more firm timeline for the 330 closure in about two weeks.