SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) and Caltrans are pleased to announce that 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. Currently, San Bernardino Mountain access via SR-330 is limited to only a few hours per day, Monday through Friday. Repair crews have worked since last December to replace several portions of the roadway that were washed away during heavy winter storms.
Cook stated, “I’m amazed at the speed and quality of the work here. Thinking back, the damage to the roadway in December was enormous. Now, just six months later, we’re cutting the ribbon for the permanent reopening of 330, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. This is great news for the local economies in the San Bernardino Mountain region.”
The June opening beat early assessments, which estimated an October reopening. However, due to favorable weather conditions, and expedited contract work, repairs were able to move forward at an extraordinary pace.
Said Caltrans District 8 Director Dr. Raymond Wolfe, “The Department is proud to announce the early opening of State Route 330. Without the dedicated perseverance of the contractors (Skanska and SEMA), local elected officials and agencies, as well as Caltrans’ staff, the success of the project would never have been possible. The Department would like to thank the mountain communities and businesses for their patience and understanding during this challenging time. Our goal is to continue to provide the traveling public with the best and safest transportation facilities possible.”