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Angeles Crest Highway to remain closed through late March

A more than 40-mile stretch of Angeles Crest Highway will remain closed to the public until late March, Caltrans officials said Wednesday.

The stretch from La Cañada Flintridge to Islip Saddle (at a junction with Highway 39) has been closed since Jan. 18 when heavy rains began that caused mudslides and washed away roads along the route in the Angeles National Forest.

Hillsides in that area were scorched by last year’s Station Fire, the largest blaze in Los Angeles County history, and the fire destroyed guard rails and signage and burned off road stripping. Officials said that the lack of vegetation on the hillsides was one factor that led to the washouts and severe road conditions.

The Angeles Crest Highway is one of the main routes through the San Gabriel Mountains and handles roughly 11,300 motorists per day, depending on the section of the highway, according to Caltrans. Officials said they hoped to reopen the road by late March.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

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It is a wise move to close the area because it may prevent future accidents from happening. Poor road condition is a serious threat to all drivers because it may suddenly cause them to lose control of their vehicle, thus triggering the occurrence of road disasters. However, safety while traveling does not only depend on the road condition, but also on the cautiousness of drivers. People who were injured due to the fault of a negligent driver are entitled to fight for their rights by filing a claim.


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