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Angeles Crest Highway To Reopen Following Storm Damage

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LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE (AP) — A portion of forest road damaged from storms that hit Southern California will reopen after a year of repairs.

The California Department of Transportation said Monday that a roughly 3-mile stretch of Angeles Crest Highway will open Tuesday.

The damage was caused by runoff from hillsides burned by the 2009 Station Fire that scorched 250 square miles in the San Gabriel Mountains.

In all, the department spent $16.5 million to repair 10 miles of the highway.

Officials had to delay reopening a stretch of the highway east of La Canada Flintridge because heavy December rain caused rockslides.

They expect to open the rest of the highway next month when crews finish removing loose rocks in the area.

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