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Mountain roads set to reopen Thursday afternoon

December 23, 2010 | 12:08 pm

Three Angeles National Forest roads closed last weekend in anticipation of flooding, debris and rock slides from storms lashing Southern California were minimally damaged and will reopen Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Angeles Forest Highway stretching from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway, the Big Tujunga Canyon Road from the Los Angeles city line to Angeles Forest Highway and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway will reopen by 4 p.m., officials said.

The roads were closed early Sunday morning as a safety precaution due to the threat of fires, flooding and mudslides in an area severely scarred by the Station Fire last year, said spokesman Gary Boze, of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

But the rainstorms only brought a “minimal amount” of debris, water and mud down on the roadways, he said. Cleanup crews were also able to work through the drizzle in the earlier part of the week.

“We were fairly lucky that the brunt of the storm was taken further south,” Boze said. “That is why we are able to reopen so quickly and didn’t have big problems.”

But a rock slide and mudslide did push back the long awaited reopening of Highway 2 from the edge of the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge to Mt. Wilson road, Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said.

That segment has been closed since January, when heavy rains washed out five major sections of the highway, Chandler said.

The road was scheduled to open to public use this week after months of major repair work but will now be pushed back several weeks, he said.

“A geologist is looking at the rockslide area right now where there were some large boulders,” he said. “They are going to reassess once the rain ends entirely.”

Chandler said Caltrans plans to add some features to the repair work to prevent future rock slides.

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