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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Knickerbocker Road Work

Map showing red line on Knickerbocker from Blvd to Stone

Knickerbocker Rd will be closed between Big Bear Boulevard and Stone Rd for two days, Monday June 17 through Tuesday June 18, as the City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power installs a new 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 generously funded through a combination of low-interest loans and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development.

FUN FACT: Knickerbocker Rd. is named after the acclaimed William “Bill” Knickerbocker. Knickerbocker traveled to southern California from Pennsylvania arriving in the valley in the early 1900’s. 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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