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Angeles Crest Highway to remain closed through late March

February 3, 2010 |  1:19 pm

A more than 40-mile stretch of Angeles Crest Highway will remain closed to the public until late March, Caltrans officials said Wednesday.

The stretch from La Cañada Flintridge to Islip Saddle (at a junction with Highway 39) has been closed since Jan. 18 when heavy rains began that caused mudslides and washed away roads along the route in the Angeles National Forest.

Hillsides in that area were scorched by last year’s Station Fire, the largest blaze in Los Angeles County history, and the fire destroyed guard rails and signage and burned off road stripping. Officials said that the lack of vegetation on the hillsides was one factor that led to the washouts and severe road conditions.

The Angeles Crest Highway is one of the main routes through the San Gabriel Mountains and handles roughly 11,300 motorists per day, depending on the section of the highway, according to Caltrans. Officials said they hoped to reopen the road by late March.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz