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Angeles Crest Highway could reopen in December

November 22, 2010|By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com
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Angeles Crest Highway between La Cañada Flintridge and Mt. Wilson road will remain closed into December, state transportation officials said Monday.

The 20-mile stretch of highway has been off-limits to motorists since January when rains triggered heavy erosion in the fire-ravaged Angeles National Forest. The largest washout, which occurred near Brown Canyon, was about 200-feet deep and required the reconstruction of the entire hillside.

The $16.5-million in repairs by Thousand Oaks-based Burns Pacific Construction was scheduled to be completed in November.

“It gets tricky in the fall,” said Kelly Markham, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation . “When the rain comes, that slows things down. But we are saying, tentatively, December.”

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