Chain Controls On Mountain Highways

Highway 189 from Lake Gregory Drive to Strawberry Lodge was closed for a short time due to a vehicle over the side. The highway is now open. (Photo Courtesy CalTrans/Arrowhead Towing)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Mountain Communities – Chain controls are in place on most mountain highways.

CalTrans advises motorists to always carry chains during winter driving conditions. Locations of chain controls are subject to change.

HIGHWAY 18

CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 1.8 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 173 TO THE
SAN BERNARDINO NAT’L FOREST

HIGHWAY 38

NO RESTRICTIONS

HIGHWAY 138

CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM PILOT ROCK RD TO JCT OF SR 18

HIGHWAY 173

CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM JCT OF SR 18 TO GRASS VALLEY RD

HIGHWAY 189

CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM THE JCT OF SR 18 TO THE JCT OF SR 173

HIGHWAY 330

CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 1.3 MI WEST OF THE JCT OF SR 18 TO THE JCT OF SR 18
/IN RUNNING SPRINGS (1395)

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