5, 15 freeways open after snowfall, but San Bernardino Mountains highways remain closed – San Bernardino Sun


Two major freeways that closed off and on during Thursday because of snow were open without restrictions on Friday, Nov. 29.

Traffic was moving normally on the 5 Freeway over the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, and on the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County.

A jackknifed big rig, however, did prompt the closure of some northbound lanes on the 5 south of Highway 138. Traffic was still backed up as of noon.

And a high-wind advisory was in effect for four miles north of Highway 126. Travel was not recommended for campers, trailers and permit loads, Caltrans said.

On the southbound 15 south of Oak Hill Road, vehicles were swerving to avoid people parked along the side of the freeway to play in the snow.

“They are going to get themselves killed,” one witness told the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP has been reminding motorists not to block traffic or park in turnouts to play in the snow.

Getting to snow country remained difficult Friday.

Highway 2 in Wrightwood remained closed from Islip Saddle to about two miles west of Big Pines, and at the junction of Highway 138. Caltrans was plowing the road Friday.

Highway 138 was closed from Miller Road to Balsam Lane.

The only road open to Big Bear was Highway 18 from Lucerne Valley.

Highway 18 from south of Big Bear was closed, as were highways 330 and 38. Highway 330 was closed from three miles north of San Bernardino; Highway 38 was closed at the Mill Creek Ranger Station. Residents will not be let through road closures, the CHP said.

Highway 74 between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano, also known as Ortega Highway, was open Friday after a person died when his vehicle struck what the CHP described as a 500-pound boulder.

In Redlands, the 6th Street on-ramp to the eastbound 10 Freeway and the two right lanes will be closed for several days for emergency drain and collapse repairs, Caltrans said.

CHP officials reminded motorists to slow down and make sure their cars’ windshield wipers and tires are in good condition. Officials noted that roads can close and open at any time.

Updates on road conditions can be found on the searchable website at roads.dot.ca.gov and the Caltrans Quickmap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

The storm that moved in Wednesday was expected to mostly dissipate by Friday night.





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