Motorists and cyclists gathered by the dozen on Friday morning to be among the first in more than a year to travel a scenic stretch of Angeles Crest Highway that was closed after sustaining heavy damage following fire and rain.
The steep, winding roadway had been closed between the Angeles National Forest entrance above La Cañada Flintridge and Angeles Forest Highway since January 2010 while state transportation officials repaired extensive damage to the 7-mile stretch of roadway.
For the first time in nearly 17 months, commuters and recreational users are now able to travel the highway from the Foothill (210) Freeway all the way to Wrightwood.
“This is an escape from the city. I missed it greatly,” said cyclist Mason Fong, of Glendale.
In a brief 10 a.m. reopening ceremony at the Angeles National Forest entrance, state and local officials urged drivers of cars and motorcycles to watch their speed and use caution while navigating the roadway’s sharp curves.