Traffic nightmares return with the snow By Terri Hill
When snow falls in the Tri-Community, gridlock in Wrightwood, on Highways 2 and 138, and onto I-15 during weekends and holidays is the norm. As far back as the 1930s, more vehicles traveled into the snowy mountains than the roads could handle. Residents of Wrightwood were frustrated, to say the least, when during the New Year weekend, the traffic overflow pushed its way onto residential streets, and private property. Post Office patrons have had a difficult time picking up mail since the snow flew on Christmas Eve, as the parking lot has been overflowing with picnickers and snow-players. Gridlock effectively strands those trying to leave town for the day. For most of the community, travel to Jensen’s or the PO is difficult, but possible. Use of the 4-way stop at Willow and Hwy 2 provides left-hand turn access, when congestion prohibits the maneuver elsewhere. However, residents of the Cardinal Road and Flume Canyon neighborhoods reported being virtually trapped on Monday January 2nd, as snow-players parked their cars two to three wide at the bottom of the streets, and then left them unattended. Access to and from Highway 2 was nearly impossible, and the trip into town once there, took up to an hour. Due to icy conditions, chain requirements were in effect during some of the holiday weekend. On New Year’s Eve, Caltrans was stopping motorists at Beekley. Only residents with chains were allowed to travel east on 138, and only behind a CHP escort. San Bernardino County Sheriffs were seen ticketing cars illegally parked in town, but law enforcement was stretched thin due the influx of people during the historically busy New Year holiday. Mountain High shares with Mountain Hardware, the cost of hiring CHP traffic control at the 4-way stop, moving vehicles through town more quickly during the heaviest traffic hours. Matt Hunt, CHP Victorville station did not have specific numbers, but confirmed additional patrols and traffic control were assigned during the weekend. Trash was an issue as usual when the crowds were gone. Broken sleds, food wrappers, soiled diapers, articles of clothing, and more were left behind as families packed up and went home. On Tuesday, several inmate crews scoured the hillsides, picking up after those who couldn’t be bothered to pick up after themselves. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 16. With more rain and snow in the forecast, local residents will be making plans to stay in, or out, of town for the long weekend.
Caltrans’ tweet read, “SR-18 OC Bridge in Llano is OPEN.
Caltrans District-7 has opened SR-18 at the County Line Overhead Bridge in Llano 6 months ahead of schedule. The SR-18 Overhead Bridge at San Bernardino County Line is a major thoroughfare, serving commuters between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Built in 1967 and widened in 1997, the average daily use grew to approximately 5,400 cars in an area where the population is right at 2,200. The bridge had experienced extensive wear and required rehabilitated in both directions. CalTrans officials stated that the bridge replacement project would improve the ride quality, enhance safety and minimize the need for further lane closures. The bridge replacement, which included joint seals and bridge railing, was estimated to take 24 months from start to completion. The contract was awarded to MCM Construction, Inc. known for the quality bridge and overpass work on major highways throughout the United States. Construction began in August 2015 by the MCM Construction. The cost of the bridge was estimated at $3.1 million however the cost rose to $5.3 million. CalTrans had many interruptions during the first three-months of work schedule. Union Pacific Railroad’s approval process lasted several months causing most of the delay. Another interruption, on a daily basis, was the average eight daily trains that required MCM Construction crew to come down off the bridge area and move the construction equipment a distance from the tracks. The start – stop routine continued throughout construction but after the installation of the new bridge deck was completed work quickened as the construction workers no longer had to leave the bridge when a train passed. After calculating the Union Pacific Railroad interruptions completion was originally set for late summer, 2017. MCM Construction will continue minor construction clean up and equipment removal. The Mountaineer Progress asked Peter Jones at Caltrans if the primary detour road including Oasis Road in Pinon Hills would be repaired. Jones said that any county roads (not under control of CalTrans) would be the responsibility of San Bernardino County government and the Country will be addressing the concerns regarding the repairs to damaged roads. Jones stated that CalTrans has no plans in the works for repairing any damage to county roads in Pinon Hills. CalTrans officials tweeted out “Thank you Llano and Pinon Hills for your patience.”
San Bernardino County Supervisors MAC Boards accepting applications
Purpose of the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC): MACs are created to provide a consistent and inviting community forum, for the public to hear about and give comments on a number of local and countywide topics. County officials, staff, and other non-county agency staff continually use MAC meetings as an opportunity to provide the public with information or updates. The First District Supervisor will appoint citizens to sit on the council, who have a heartfelt interest in their community. Appointees are required to be residents of the community who are registered to vote in the area of service. Board MACs are dissolved and new Boards are appointed with each new County Supervisor term. Applications for the Wrightwood, Oak Hills, Trona an El Mirage MAC Boards are being accepted and are available at: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/cob/Forms/BCCApplication.aspx
A Phelan transient bars after authorities say he kidnapped, physically assaulted and stole his ex-girlfriend's vehicle. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested James Lynnell Webster on Monday afternoon after he was wanted for the crimes committed on Dec. 31. Victorville Sheriff's Station spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said a Victor Valley Sheriff's Station deputy located Webster and the stolen vehicle in the 12400 block of Hook Boulevard on Monday. Booking records show Webster, 41 years-old is expected to be arraigned in a Victorville courtroom Wednesday afternoon if he is criminally charged by prosecutors. Webster was being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $250,000 bail, booking records show.
Pinon Hills stabbing suspect arrested on suspicion of attempted murder On Monday, December 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. a 19-year-old Pinon Hills man arrested after authorities say he stabbed a man early that morning. The suspect surrendered after an hour long standoff. Charles Wesley Home is expected to appear in Victorville courtroom where prosecutors are likely to criminally charge him on suspicion of attempted murder. He is behind bars in lieu of $1 million bail, booking records show. The unidentified victim was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. The stabbing occurred before 7 a.m. in the 11400 block of Amarillo Road. The condition of the victim is unknown. According to Sheriff reports, the man is expected to live and was known by Home who, records show, lives just over three miles for the stabbing scene.
Phelan Man dies in crash Saturday December 31, 2016, Edmond Joseph Pare Jr., of Phelan, lost his life after the crash involving a single vehicle, near Phelan and Wilson Ranch roads at 9:16 p.m. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
Coroner release names of two deceased in vehicle collision on December 16, at 1:31 a.m. Kyle Vincent Rojas a 22 year-old resident of Phelan and Megan Michelle Palacios a 23 year-old resident of Phelan have been identified as the driver and passenger a 2013 Kia Soul involved in a two vehicle collision on SR 247 in Johnson Valley.
Logs 12/27 Attempt Robbery, 1800 blk Thrush Rd., Wrightwood 12/28 Assault to Child, 14300 blk Horizon Ct., Phelan 12/29 Assault – hands, fist, feet, 11800 blk Oasis Rd., Pinon Hills 12/29 Burglary – Residential- unknown time entry by force, 5300 blk Begonia Rd., Phelan 12/29 Burglary – Residential – night entry by force, 37000 Blk 23rd St. E., Pinon Hills 12/29 Burglary– Residential- unknown time entry by force, 10400 blk Olivine Rd., Baldy Mesa area 12/31 Burglary – Residential – unknown time, entry by force, 9500 blk Apleton St., Baldy Mesa area. 1/2/17 Burglary – Residential – night entry by force, 15200 blk Daisy Rd., Phelan
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