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    Tim Ward
    General Member

    From CalTrans Twitter account:

    SR 18 will remain closed until further notice between 40th and 138. We will release more info once engineers finish the assessment. Only SR’s 330, 18 from Lucerne and 38 open. No access to Big Bear on 330. Avoid travel on mountain routes today.   pic.twitter.com/6EsfKVKZl6  

    From what I can tell, it’s washed away the fill.  One of the news stations mentioned this was Lower Bonnie Canyon.    That would be just below where the road to Marshall comes in.


    I wonder what the dirt road (2 N40) looks like on the way up to the 750, Regionals and Marshall launches.

    If anybody travels that route in the upcoming weeks, a report on it would be nice.

    Fly Safe!

    Ken Howells
    General Member

    I was going up to the 750 with my Tacoma on the 21st. Numerous fresh rocks down, one area of slumped dirt/ rock. In the long stretch into the canyon there was a big fall of softball-sized rocks from the left with dirt on the right (downhill) missing and concrete re-in beams exposed.  The rock pile had been flattened a bit and driven over. I decided a little hop off the 750 wasn’t worth the risk of a flat tire,  so I backed up and turned around.  Gene came driving down on his utility buggy, having been to Regionals with a load of pilots.


    Alex Cheng
    General Member

    2N40 going up to the 750/Regionals/Marshall is passable but very rough in some sections. Was able to squeeze by a boulder about knee high is in the middle of the road about 1/4 mile past the paved section. Various sections of rock falls and puddles are challenging but doable with good tires and enough ground clearance.

    Alan Crouse
    General Member

    Any update on 2N40 to Regionals or an ETA on SR18 re-opening?


    Dan DeWeese
    General Member
    CSS Instructor

    Heres the latest from the PR girl.


    Dan DeWeese
    General Member
    CSS Instructor
    George Stebbins
    General Member

    So how bad is the road up the front to Marshall Launch?  I’m wondering about coming out this Sunday, and taking my eBike up.

    David Webb
    General Member

    As of last weekend, the road up the front looked surprisingly good to me.


    Anyone driven up the mountain now that they are using the follow-me car?  How long was the delay?

    George Stebbins
    General Member

    Thank You David

    Ken Howells
    General Member

    Gene drove all the way up the front, 2N40, to Marshall today. Road is fine.  Still the large rock at the bottom to squeeze past and the one rock slide is well-packed. . You don’t want a low-slung sedan going from Regionals to Marshall ;)

    They were driving loads up Hwy. 18 to Crestline.  I heard the wait for the escort section going up wasn’t bad but longer coming down,  probably it being Sunday and all.  They said you can’t really turn from 18 to go out to Marshall Peak because reasons.

    Good Flying today!  Most said it was way better than expected.


    18 is open.

    Marc Deschenes
    General Member

    Looks like nothing has changed. Still need to follow a pilot car.

    Latest CalTrans update:

    This highway information is the latest reported as of Thursday, January 20th, 2022 at 07:05 PM.

    SR 18

    Marc Deschenes
    General Member

    Okay, so John Benario informed me that there’s been an update to the update.

    State Route 18 Emergency Repair Project Update

    CORRECTION!!! LANES ARE OPEN NOW!!! Crews were able to finish it earlier than anticipated.

    Sorry for any confusion, hopefully this is a good surprise for all!

    San Bernardino – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues repairs on an emergency project at a washout section of State Route 18 (SR-18) near Panorama point between 40th St and SR-138 near Crestline.

    The southbound SR-18 lanes have been closed since December 24, 2021, but will now reopen tonight, January 20, 2022 at approximately 10 p.m. The piloting program will end, and traffic will be able to use the newly fixed road that has been repaved and restriped.

    Crews will continue to work in the area Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which time, lane closures may be needed to assist in the repairs that are ongoing. No work will be conducted on Saturdays or Sundays. Remaining repairs include excavation, guardrail replacement, inlet modifications, and plant establishment.

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