Scenic Angeles Crest Highway cuts through hillsides scorched in the Station… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)
A section of California Highway 2 between La Cañada Flintridge and Angeles Forest Highway will reopen Friday, according to California Department of Transportation spokesman Patrick Chandler.
Angeles Crest Highway has been closed since Jan. 17, 2010, when heavy rain fell in the Station fire burn area and washed away three major sections of pavement through the Angeles National Forest.
Caltrans had planned to reopen the road in December 2010, Chandler said, but record rainfall that month and in January 2011 brought down so much debris and water that the runoff overwhelmed a culvert and washed out a slope, necessitating further repairs and delays.
The highway is scheduled to open after a 10 a.m. news conference Friday at the Angeles National Forest entrance just north of La Cañada Flintridge.
For the first time in almost 17 months, drivers will be able to drive California 2 from La Cañada Flintridge to Wrightwood and California Highway 138.