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Many roads in Angeles National Forest to be closed as rains approach

December 6, 2009 |  7:54 am


Several forest roads that recently reopened after months of closure because of a wildfire will be closed today because of oncoming storms.

Angeles Forest Highway and Big Tujunga Canyon and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon roads will be closed today at 5 p.m. due to concerns about approaching storms, officials said.

“The forecasts that are coming in now from the National Weather Service are showing the storm is intensifying, so the rainfall projections meet our triggers for being prudent and just closing the system down,” said Bob Spencer, L.A. County Department of Public Works spokesman. 

Those three roads, along with Angeles Crest Highway, reopened Nov. 30 after being closed since September because of a wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Officials from Caltrans did not immediately return phone calls about whether Angeles Crest Highway also would be shut down today. Since mid-September, Public Works and Caltrans have spent nearly $20 million combined to repair parts of Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest highways, as well as Big Tujunga Canyon and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon roads, damaged by the wildfire.

The work included replacing signs, guardrails, markers, reflectors and striping, as well as cleaning debris basins, repairing drainage culverts and re-oiling pavement. Several concrete barriers known as K-rails were also placed along sections of the roads.

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: On Nov. 30, Baltazar Siqueiros speaks to drivers on Angeles Crest Highway. Siqueiros is president of Baltazar Construction, which has been working on repairing roads that were damaged by the Station fire in August and September. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times