Angeles Crest Highway could reopen this spring after nearly 2-year closure
State transportation officials said they expect to reopen Angeles Crest Highway later this spring after they finish rebuilding large washouts, including a 200-foot-deep gorge 2.5 miles east of La Cañada Flintridge.
The California Department of Transportation closed the mountainous pass in August 2009, when the massive Station fire scorched portions of the highway and left other sections vulnerable to rock slides.
The initial closure was expected to be measured in weeks, but without the protections of vegetation, storms eroded and washed out large sections of pavement. Portions of the 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway have since reopened, but a 9-mile stretch has remained closed as crews work to rebuild heavily damaged areas.
--Megan O'Neil, La Cañada Valley Sun/Times Community News
Photo: A Caltrans truck passes by the road closure on Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge on May 10. (Raul Roa/Times Community News)