Assuming the intelligence that has reached our ears is true, Caltrans will at last reopen Angeles Crest Highway between our city and Angeles Forest Highway this week, but not before the agency finishes holding a dignitary-filled press conference set for 10 a.m. Friday.
That’s all as it should be. Those workers who have been chipping away at the extensive project since the heavy rains of January 2010 are probably proud the work has finally seen completion. They deserve some thanks for their efforts, and what better way to do that than to stage an official ribbon cutting?
But I hope the ceremony isn’t too long. Countless recreational users have been psyched up for the reopening at least a couple of times over the past 16 months, when earlier completion estimates were bandied about, so I say let the gates swing open as soon as possible Friday, even if it means yanking a long-winded speaker away from a microphone to do so.