Construction on a new bridge that will replace the old existing bridge across the top of Big Bear’s multi arch dam as the main artery into Big Bear began in April 2009. This new bridge will completely bypass the old bridge and the dam. It is estimated that it will take Caltrans another year to complete this project. See the page “Bridge Construction – 2009” on the menu at the right for photos of the construction during 2009.
View looking west. The curve of the new frame work for the bridge’s structural support is just visible behind the dam May 15, 2010. © Rick Keppler
View of the valley on the west side of the dam, showing the forms taking shape for the structural supports that will support the new bridge. May 15, 2010. © Rick Keppler
Close up view of the structural support for the new bridge from the north side of the valley. The Big Bear Lake dam is on the left. May 15, 2010. © Rick Keppler
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE – OCTOBER 02, 2010
The main support arch for the bridge at the Big Bear Lake dam is now completed, and the forms for the road across the top are nearing completion. The following photos gives us a glimpse as to what this completed project will eventually look like.
View looking west towards the Big Bear Lake bridge construction project. Compare this to the photo taken May 15 at the top of the page. – Oct. 02, 2010. © Rick Keppler
View of the bridge where it connects with the highway on the north side of Big Bear Lake. Oct. 02, 2010. © Rick Keppler
This view shows the new Big Bear Lake bridge and Eastwood Dam together. Oct. 02, 2010. © Rick Keppler
© Rick Keppler