Knickerbocker Road will be closed between Big Bear Boulevard and Stone Road for two days, Monday and Tuesday June 17 and 18. The Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power is installing a water mainline.

Intermittent road closures in either direction may last through June 21 as customers are connected to the new water line and the affected roadway is repaved and sealed.

The Knickerbocker project is set to start after school closes for the summer and will be complete in advance of the Independence Day holiday. Businesses will be accessible from Big Bear Boulevard and residents in the affected area will be allowed entry and exit.

The pipeline installation is part of a larger project to replace or install 14 segments of pipe in Big Bear Lake and Fawnskin. Work will continue in various residential areas throughout the summer with Monterey Street in Moonridge next on the list. Areas slated for work include where there are gaps in the system, pipelines that are more than 50 years old, undersized and/or steel. Old, undersized and steel pipes are often the culprits of water loss through leaks. The pipeline replacement project is funded through a combination of low-interest loans and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development.

Fun fact: Knickerbocker Road is named after the acclaimed William “Bill” Knickerbocker. Knickerbocker traveled to Southern California from Pennsylvania arriving in the Valley in the early 1900s. Initially living in the town of Doble near Baldwin Lake, he staked two mining claims, was the lake’s first dam keeper and was known as the “Paul Bunyan” of Big Bear due to his skills with an axe. After starting a family, he built the Knickerbocker Mansion by hand with trees he felled himself. The mansion still stands today.

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