State Route 330 north of Highland Avenue was severely damaged by a storm in late December 2010, and received damage that resulted in its closure. The route is one of the main arteries to the San Bernardino Mountain communities. Emergency repairs have begun to restore the route to the traveling public.
June 15 , 2011
SR-330 will open permanently following a ceremony on Friday, June 17 to recognize the efforts of contractors and government agencies involved in the repairs...
June 9 , 2011
The repairs to the three major slide areas have been completed except for some pavement and drain work at the uppermost washout. The work is now focused on repairing culverts and drains that have failed or at the risk of failing. "Pipe ramming" will continue over the next few weeks near Fredalba to install new drains under the roadway. Skanska and SEMA are still working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to finish the repairs before the funding time limit is expired. Caltrans still expects to open State Route 330 by July 4, 2011.
May 27, 2011
Good afternoon and early Happy Memorial Day,
As you have undoubtedly heard, SR-330 opened to full traffic for the weekend. We had anticipated the opening for this morning, but the work of stripping the pavement and installing guard rail had progressed substantially by early yesterday afternoon, allowing us to open it for all traffic at 4:00 PM yesterday instead of limiting it to commuters only until this morning. We are certainly not done, and yes the pavement at the upper slide transitions a bit rough as the cap course has not yet been laid (some complaints have been registered regarding this fact). There are additional culverts requiring attention which will force us to close the route except for commuter access again next week. One of these involves jacking a new culvert up near Live Oak. Staff fanned through the local community today to advise residents of the work and the associated noise the jacking operation will create.
May 24, 2011
The contractors making repairs to storm damaged State Route 330 have made massive strides this week to prepare the route for opening over the Memorial Day weekend. SR 330 will be open from Friday, May 27 at 6:00 a.m. to Monday, May 30, at midnight. Commuter hours will continue on Tuesday, May 31, at 6:00 a.m. The route has undergone paving, the addition of guardrail, drainage and culvert cleaning, and weed and Spanish Broom abatement by CDF crews this week. District 8 Director Ray Wolfe is pleased with the expedited repairs by the contractors, Skanska and SEMA, and with the support from the mountain communities, elected officials, United States Forest Services (USFS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), and Caltrans staff.
May 19, 2011
Caltrans is pleased to announce that State Route 330 (SR 330) will be open for the Memorial Day weekend beginning Friday, May 27, at 6:00 a.m. to Monday, May 30, at 11:59 p.m. (Limited one-way commuter access hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31, 6am).
Caltrans encourages the public and mountain communities to use the route and partake in the beautiful mountain scenery, tourist locations, and convenient weekend trips up and down the hill. The use of SR 330 will also alleviate traffic congestion on SR 18 during the holiday weekend, when many part-time residents open their homes for the summer season. There is an event planned at Snow Valley Ski Resort above Running Springs throughout the weekend among other exciting activities planned in the communities across the mountains...
May 11, 2011
The work continues to rebuild the slopes, repair and replace drainage culverts, clean up storm damage, and rebuild the roadway at various locations. The commute hours are still in place - Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m downhill and again from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m uphill. Motorists are advised that they will not be able to access SR-330 for the uphill commute from the Highland Avenue ramps. Motorists must use Route 210 to the 330 for the uphill commute. There have been a couple of incidences when the commute hours have been canceled such as, vehicle fire and snow. There will continue to be times when the commute hours could be canceled for construction work and other emergencies like these. The Department will make every effort to alert the commuters on our website or through our Twitter updates if commute hours are canceled. Director Ray Wolfe has praised both contractors, Skanska and SEMA, for expediting the work going beyond everyone's expectations to restore Route 330 to the public. The hope is to open the route for the Memorial Day weekend (only over the weekend) and then possibly opening to all traffic on July 4th continuously until the project is completed.
May 4, 2011
Progress to date on the emergency repairs on SR-330 is well ahead of earlier estimates. Given this, we are targeting opening the highway to traffic before the 4th of July holiday absent some unforeseen issue....
April 22, 2011
Work continues to progress well along SR-330. As reported previously, the reconstruction of the embankment at the lower location is basically done. Skanska has been repairing and replacing other culverts in the vicinity where we have identified concerns. They are also progressing quite well at the big slide, with the backfill expected to be complete by late May. This is a tremendous feat that most people will appreciate, particularly those of you who saw first hand the extent of the damage after the storms. Skanska, Sema and Caltrans staff who have worked tirelessly on 24/7 shifts for several months, except during storm events, should be commended for their commitment. The earlier expectation was that this work would extend into July or August. The work at the upper location continues, and we expect to have this done sometime in June if everything proceeds as expected. In the past Caltrans has commented that the work at the big slide would control reopening the road, but it now appears that the upper location controls the reopening.
Commuter traffic for the most part has closely followed the speed limits, and accommodating it seems to be a win-win for all involved. The residents have the benefit of access to SR-330 for commuting purposes, saving them time and money. The diversion relieves traffic pressures from SR-18 and SR-38. This in turn helps others who regularly use these routes, and reduces concerns for traffic entering and departing Rim of the World High School. It also allows residents to see for themselves the extent of the damage and the resources we have brought to bear in repairing the damage. The vast majority of recent blog activity has been complimentary of our efforts, thereby assisting us in our public outreach attempts dramatically.
April 6 , 2011
Commuter traffic from Running Springs and elsewhere on the mountain breathed a short sigh of relief on Monday April 4 as we allowed approximately 500 vehicles to travel down SR-330 between 6:00 and 8:00. We say a "short sigh of relief" because we limited the speed throughout the route to 15 mph. However most of the 15 mph speed limit signs have now been removed as traffic conformed to safety procedures, and there were no major concerns of impacts and/or conflicts with construction equipment moving from site to site. Speeds will continue to be reduced at specific locations where construction activities require i,t and we ask that motorists continue to heed all warning and regulatory signing. The limited access opening was a resounding success, and we suspect commuters will share that thought in the days and weeks to come. Caltrans anticipates there will be days when traffic passage will be suspended due to weather or operational issues (there remains additional culverts to be replaced which will require trenching across the road). Of course we will keep the public informed so as to reduce any inconveniences. Get current updates at http://www.twitter.com/caltrans8 or our website. CHP will continue to patrol the route to ensure the safety of the commuters as well as the construction crews.
March 28, 2011
The backfill operation is complete at the lower site otherwise known as Location 3. Paving this stretch will coincide with paving the major slide section which is referred to as Location 2. Work at locations 1 and 2 (Location 1 being the slide highest up on state route 330) were progressing well until the latest series of storms. Thankfully no major damage has been reported. Weather-permitting, 24/7 repair operations will resume. We issued a press release last week during a media tour indicating our intent to open the emergency access we created at all three locations within a few weeks. There was some degradation of the remaining roadbed at Location 1 and that has delayed the opening until we are assured of the safety to the motoring public. This area is now also covered in snow, further delaying any opening to commuter traffic. We intend to reassess conditions early next week assuming the latest storm cells will have passed by. If everything is stabilized, and we expect that the measures instituted for that purpose will prove effective, we may be able to open the road the following week for limited commuter access.
We are coordinating with CHP to ensure safe and orderly passage through the various construction zones. This is of particular concern, knowing that large construction equipment will be operating on the roadbed along with commuter traffic. To address this concern, we partnered with the media to assist us in delivering the message that if motorists are not driving safely through the construction area, we will suspend commuter access until all the work on the roadbed itself is complete. This extreme measure would be taken for the safety of the construction staff as well as motorists. Considering the tremendous progress made to date, we expect to open the road at some point this summer, perhaps with limited flagging to allow work to continue. We have worked closely with Skanska and SEMA to ensure that we are focused on the repairs absolutely essential to reopen the road quickly, leaving other work that is largely off the road to perform with traffic restored to the highway.
March 23, 2011
State Route 330 has endured the recent storm fronts, and the devices placed throughout the work zone to prevent further erosion are working properly. At the time of this post, contractors are unable to work due to the inclement weather, however the job site is being monitored by both the contractors and Caltrans personnel. Once the storms subside, the work will resume its 7 days a week, 24 hours a day schedule.
March 15, 2011
State Route 330 may be open to one-way commuter traffic in the near future - State Route 330 has seen great progress since last December’s storm that caused major damage along the route. The most significant damage occurred in three separate locations. Caltrans, Skanska, and Sema Construction have worked diligently to open up an access road in all of these locations...
March 7, 2011
Progress is continuing on a daily basis. Unfortunately, due to heavy snow conditions recently, the contractor had to shutdown operations on Saturday, 2/26. Operations resumed on Sunday, 2/27 and progress has been in full swing since. The contractor continues work on the lower slide (phase 1) and is placing the final segment of culvert piping. The middle slide (phase 2) has seen great progress with the completion of the soil nail wall on Friday, 3/4. The contractor will stain the Shotcrete wall to match the surrounding hillside. Progress on the upper slide (phase 3) is moving along with the reconstruction of the upper slope failure underway along with tunneling at the site for new culvert piping.
February 28, 2011
Caltrans and its contractor (Skanska) continue with progress on phases 1 & 2. The contractor has installed 120 of 330 feet of culvert pipe at the lower portion (phase 1), and has removed an additional 130 feet of existing pipe to be replaced. The contractor has completed 5 of 6 lifts of the anchored wall in the middle portion (phase 2), and 50 percent of the Buttress foundation. SEMA, contractor for Phase 3 has started major operations on the upper portion of SR330, including the start of tunneling operations for the new culvert, and followed by the beginning of reconstruction of the failed slopes.
February 22, 2011
Skanska is continuing with great progress at the middle slide on SR-330. The subcontractor working on the soil nail wall, started drilling holes for the third lift last week. They were only able to drill 12 holes because of the rain. They had to cancel the night shift on Wednesday evening because of the rain. The contractor had some delays due to the weather pattern. But continued with work whenever they could safely do so during the storms.
February 15, 2011
There has been substantial progress on the first two phases awarded to Skanska. They continue to make great strides at both locations. Work commenced to backfill the new culvert installed under the downbound lanes which is located where the large cavern was carved under the roadway. This is the section where Caltrans had to start work to create access to the larger middle slide. Skanska is basically moving dirt from the upbound lanes over to the hole they dug in the downbound lanes. They have also pioneered two roads down to the bottom of the major slide in the second phase of the work.
Skanska is proceeding to construct a temporary road skirting this slide by carving into the hillside. They have begun installing rock bolts to secure the nearly vertical rock face and excavated further for the second lift of the soil nail wall. The Sub Contractor drilled holes for the second lift (row) of soil nails. This lift has 33 soil nails. Wire mesh was placed in preparation for the shotcrete facing (Youtube video). This is part of the roadway Caltrans has designed to facilitate emergency access. Caltrans awarded the third and final phase of work to SEMA Construction. They have mobilized on the major slide in the upper portion of the highway. Their contract also includes remedial work on a number of other culverts to reduce our risk of having a repeat event next year. View pics
February 7, 2011
The contractor (Skanska) has completely excavated the downbound lane at the location where a cavern had been carved under the road. They have set the new culvert pipe, and have begun slurry backfill partially to protect the pipe, and have commenced backfilling. They will use the material on the upbound lane to backfill the hole, thereby shifting the access lane they are using to move equipment into the large slide area. They have nearly completed pioneering a road down to the streambed at the large slide. The contractor will begin constructing a rock bolt wall, effectively carving a new alignment against the mountain side to create access for equipment to cross the large slide.
The last remaining contract to repair 330 (Phase III) should be awarded by the end of the week after we confirm a rather simple strategy with US Forest Service representatives. Presuming that this will be agreeable, we will be able to complete the work on the upper section of the road relatively quickly, and for less money compared to the cost of excavating the depth of the slide.
February 1, 2011
Caltrans and the contractor (Skanska) have begun Phase II of the State Route 330 emergency project. Phase II was awarded on 1/25/11 for $10 million and the contractor began work Wednesday night 1/26/11. The proposed scope of work includes, implementing new drainage uphill and adjacent to PM 35.2, installing debris rack, constructing buttress, reconstructing slope and road, placing Metal Beam Guardrails, and repairing damaged culverts. View video clip
January 24, 2011
The contractor (Skanska) is working 24/7 to excavate and rebuild the cavern carved under the roadbed and repair culverts at other locations in the lower section of the damaged highway. The contractor estimates that their efforts will create access to the larger slide within a few weeks, although the contractor will not be done with their work for some time thereafter. Once that access is created, Caltrans will have a second contractor commence work on Phase II of the project ( the larger slide) . Phase II is estimated at $10-12 million depending on mitigation requirements for the yellow legged frog - a federally listed endangered species. The slide occurred in its habitat. Updates will continue as the project progresses.
January 11, 2011
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded the first of three emergency projects on Friday, January 7, to begin repairs on State Route 330 (SR-330). The route was damaged by washouts and slides during a severe storm on December 20, 2010, which resulted in road loss and full closure. The repairs to restore the route will be completed in three phases. Phase I was awarded to Skanska and is estimated at $6 million.
Phase I will address the lesser of several washouts on the roadway along with culvert and slope repair. The work in Phase I will also prepare the roadway to allow access for equipment to begin work at the major slide.
Phase II is expected to be under contract in the coming weeks to repair damage above the major washout. Phase III will then restore the roadway at this location and is currently undergoing the planning and approval process.
Caltrans District 8 Director, Dr. Raymond W. Wolfe, stated that his goal is to “safely rebuild State Route 330 for the traveling public and to do so as quickly as possible”. The work to restore the route is being estimated at one year.
The Department is committed to working with elected officials, local agencies, and the public to continue communication as the work progresses. Caltrans officials have met with Senator Bob Dutton, Assemblyman Paul Cook, and County Supervisor Neil Derry, and will continue working closely with their offices.
Caltrans advises motorists who normally use SR-330 to use SR-18 and SR-38 to mountain area destinations.
For the latest roadwork information, go to www.caltrans8.info or sign up for immediate twitter updates at www.twitter.com/caltrans8.