Angeles Crest Highway is likely to remain closed until November as crews continue to repair major road damage caused by heavy winter storms, a Caltrans spokesman said Friday.
And the painstaking work is being slowed by motorcyclists and hikers who are ignoring closure signs and entering dangerous stretches of the mountain pass, officials said.
The reopening of the 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway has been delayed repeatedly since the Station fire roared through Angeles National Forest in August, burning more than 160,000 acres and searing miles of pavement, guardrails, road signs and markers. The damage was compounded by back-to-back rainstorms and subsequent debris flows that washed out large patches of the highway.
The $16.5 million in repairs is being completed under contract by Thousand Oaks-based Burn Pacific Construction.
"It is really an evolving situation," Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said. "It is on a mountainside, so it is really difficult [work]. The geotechnical crew has found a lot of problem spots that are going to require a great deal of time."