Caltrans closes last dirt highway in state system

The end of the road has come for Highway 173, where the pavement ends northwest of Lake Arrowhead.

Caltrans is closing the road — the last dirt road in the state highway system — to cut maintenance costs and eliminate an unsafe road in the remote San Bernardino Mountains.

Residents are lamenting the loss of the unpaved portion of the highway, a 29-mile link between Highway 18 near Skyforest on the southern slope to the Silverwood Lake area northwest of the mountains. Locals say the route remains a vital connection to the High Desert, especially if disaster strikes the mountains.

via Caltrans closes last dirt highway in state system | Breaking News | PE.com – Press-Enterprise.

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