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Opening of Angeles Crest Highway Delayed to Summer

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Closed since January due to fire and rain damage, the Angeles Crest HIghway (SR-2) through the Angeles National Forest will remain closed with an opening expected by mid to late summer, Caltrans officials announced today. Only the La Canada-Flintridge to Mount Wilson section is closed while the Mount Wilson Road to State Route 138 section remains open.

In February, officials predicted it would open by late March, but continued rainstorms further delayed the project, which includes washouts ranging between 50 and 110 feet. "With the damage that's taken place from Mother Nature -- landslides and lack of vegetation [initially caused by the Station Fire] -- that's what's delayed the opening of this road," Caltrans Spokesman Patrick Chandler told LAist.

Some area roads, like the Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga, remain open, but are still considered construction zones. Traffic coming from the Angeles Forest Highway will not be allowed onto the Crest Highway.