Bear Valley Community Services District

Snow Plows & Winter Driving Tips

W

hen snow starts sticking, our Roads Supervisor is notified and plow crews are activated. Once the snow depth reaches a minimum of 2", roads begin being plowed according to the following priority list.

Note: We cannot plow ice. Please stay off icy roads if at all possible. Even after grit has been spread, traction is limited. Please drive slowly and allow extra time to reach your destination safely.

Plow drivers are unable to pull out or tow stranded vehicles, and are not permitted to clear driveways or other private property.

Important:

Should your vehicle become stuck on the road during winter weather, please make sure that it is as far off to the side as possible to leave room for snow plows and emergency crews. Make arrangements to have the vehicle moved as soon as possible to help prevent accidents. All vehicles will be towed after 72 hours, or sooner if they are deemed to be a safety hazard.

If your vehicle is stuck within the roadway, please notify the Police Department immediately at 661-861-3110.

Heavy snow at upper elevations. photo taken by CSD road crew during the winter of 2018-2019
Upper elevation photo taken by BVCSD road crew during the winter of 2018-2019

Road crews will not move on to lower priority roads until they are sure that the higher priority (higher traffic) roads have been made as safe as possible. Sometimes this means they must clear the roads multiple times, especially when snow is still falling. The first priority is always to ensure that the most heavily traveled roads are addressed. When conditions allow, roads will be widened, cul-de-sacs cleared, and icy areas treated with grit.

Roads may still have icy patches after being cleared!

First Priority

  • Bear Valley Road
  • Lower Valley Road
  • Cumberland
  • San Juan
  • Jacaranda
  • Paramount
  • Deertrail
  • Starland
  • Skyline
  • Saddleback

Second Priority

  • El Rancho
  • Stirrup
  • Wilderness
  • Surrey
  • Goldspike
  • Rolling Oak
  • Greenwater
  • Pinedale
  • Bear Valley Access Roads

Third Priority

  • All other district roads.

Winter Driving Tips
  1. Slow down!
  2. Carry a shovel in your vehicle
  3. Ensure that your chains are sized for your tires and fit properly
  4. Obey road restrictions - they are for your safety
  5. Understand that office and gate staff are not able to give you an estimate when your particular road will be plowed. The worse the weather, the longer it will take but please be assured that the crews are working to clear all roads safely and efficiently
  6. Leave at least 2 vehicle lengths between yourself and other vehicles on the road. Even on plowed roads you can lose traction and control.
  7. Leave plenty of space between your car and the plow. The plows have spreaders on the back to apply grit to the road surface. This rock can damage your vehicle.
  8. Do not pull out in front of snow plows. They are very heavy and cannot stop quickly.
  9. Do not pass plow trucks. The driver will pull over in a safe spot as soon as it is practical.
  10. Park your cars safely out of the road right-of-way to avoid damage to your vehicle and creating a hazard for plow crews and other drivers.

During plowing operations please remember that the crews have been working long hours, sometimes up to 16 hour double shifts to keep your roads clear. Please be patient, give them a smile and a wave, and maybe even say 'Thanks!' if you get the chance. With a little understanding and mutual respect, we will all 'weather' this winter in great shape.