Highway 18 will be closed for maintenance throughout October in preparation for winter.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 2, Highway 18 will be closed between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Dam. The area known as the Arctic Circle will be closed to traffic Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 26. No work will take place during the weekends.

Caltrans performs routine maintenance in preparation for winter. Work will include slope scaling, turnout clearance, drain cleaning, sign repair and replacement, guardrail repair and other related work.

Motorists can use Highway 38 from the Redlands area or Highway 18 from the high desert to reach Big Bear Valley during October when Highway 18 on the front side is closed.

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