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Bill banning big rigs on Angeles Crest Highway proceeds

April 28, 2009 | 10:21 am

A bill that would ban commercial trucks along Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge has cleared its first legislative hurdle in Sacramento.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), would make permanent a 90-day moratorium imposed by Caltrans after a runaway big rig killed two people and injured 12 others earlier this month.

The Assembly Transportation Committee voted 14-0 on Monday in favor of the bill, according to a statement from Portantino’s office.

“I’m grateful that the committee recognized the urgent nature of this important piece of legislation,” Portantino said in the statement. “We will continue to work with the city, Caltrans and CHP to draft and pass a comprehensive bill that protects the citizens and visitors of La Cañada Flintridge before the 90-day moratorium expires.”

The legislation would restrict commercial vehicles with at least three axles or weighing 5 tons or more from traveling down the highway, also known as State Route 2, between Big Pines Highway and the 210 Freeway. Violators would be subject to a minimum fine of $1,000.

The bill must clear the Assembly Appropriations Committee before moving to the Assembly floor and on to the Senate.

Local officials have demanded for months that Caltrans improve safety on the mountain highway. On April 1, a double-deck, car-carrying truck with brake problems crashed into several cars before plowing into a bookstore in the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard at Angeles Crest Highway.

Palmdale residents Angel Jorge Posca, 58, and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina, were killed. The driver, 43-year-old Marcos Barbosa Costa of Massachusetts, was charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter. He is awaiting trial.

-- Alexandra Zavis


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