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Angeles Crest Highway may be closed for more than a year

July 3, 2010 |  9:50 am

Angeles Crest Highway will remain closed until at least November, according to Caltrans officials.

Angeles Crest Highway north of La Canada-Flintridge is likely to remain closed until November as crews continue to repair major road damage caused by heavy winter storms.

And the painstaking work is being slowed by motorcyclists and hikers who are ignoring closure signs and are entering dangerous stretches of the mountain pass, officials said.

The reopening of the 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway has been delayed repeatedly since the Station fire roared through Angeles National Forest in August, burning more than 160,000 acres and searing miles of pavement, guardrails, road signs and markers. The damage was compounded by back-to-back rainstorms and subsequent debris flows that washed out large patches of the highway.

The $16.5 million in repairs is being completed under contract by Thousand Oaks-based Burn Pacific Construction.

"It is really an evolving situation," Caltrans spokesperson Patrick Chandler said. "It is on a mountainside so it is really difficult [work]. The geotechnical crew has found a lot of problem spots that are going to require a great deal of time."

Read the full story in the La Cañada Valley Sun.

-- Megan O'Neil

Photo: Times Community News