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Angeles Crest Highway to reopen Friday

Angeles Crest Highway

A section of State Highway 2 between La Cañada Flintridge and Angeles Forest Highway will reopen Friday, according to California Department of Transportation spokesman Patrick Chandler. The road has been closed since Jan. 17, 2010, when rains in the Station fire burn area washed away three major sections of pavement through the Angeles National Forest.

Caltrans had planned to reopen the road in December 2010, Chandler said, but record rainfall that month and in January brought down so much debris and water that it overwhelmed a culvert and washed out a slope, necessitating further repairs and delays.

The highway is scheduled to open after a 10 a.m. news conference Friday at the Angeles National Forest entrance just north of La Cañada Flintridge. For the first time in almost 17 months, drivers will be able to drive from La Cañada Flintridge up Highway 2 to Wrightwood and Highway 138.

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Photo: Angeles Crest Highway. Credit: Gary Friedman /Los Angeles Times

 
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