State transportation officials this week said they expect to reopen Angeles Crest Highway later this spring after they finish rebuilding large washouts, including a 200-foot-deep gorge 2.5 miles east of La Cañada Flintridge.
The California Department of Transportation closed the mountainous pass in August 2009, when the massive Station fire scorched portions of the highway and left other sections vulnerable to rockslides.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a spring opening date of the Angeles Crest Highway]
The initial closure was expected to be measured in weeks, but without the protections of vegetation, storms eroded and washed out large sections of pavement. Portions of the 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway have since reopened, but a 9-mile stretch has remained closed as crews work to rebuild heavily damaged areas.
Officials did not have an exact opening date, but said it would be before summer.
“I am sure there are a lot of people who are saying we are just continuing on and we have no end in sight, but that is not the case,” Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said. “Late [spring] is what we expect and hope; that is the projection.”