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AW

Hwy 39: E Fork Rd to Crystal Lake closed for several weeks

http://caltransd7info.blogspot.co...el-canyon-road-sr-39-closure.html

"Caltrans will continue to restrict access to San Gabriel Canyon Road (SR-39) due to mud slides and road washouts caused by early January rains in the Cabin fire burn area in the Angeles National Forest.  The closure is just north of East Fork Road, 13 miles north of the Foothill Freeway (SR-210).  The closure is expected to be in place for several weeks.

Caltrans damage assessment coordinators and geotechnical technical team are in the process of:

   Developing repair solutions and hiring a contractor to rebuild three damaged sections of highway.
   Clearing debris basins alongside the highway for future storms.
   Rebuilding and stabilizing the slopes above and below the highway.
   Securing permits from Angeles National Forest, California Fish and Wildlife, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and US Waterways to begin repairs. "
Sean

This is a good example of what I was saying in the other thread about the lack of private development in the forest resulting in a lack of government resources devoted to protecting it. If there were a small village in the Crystal Lake basin, then these government agencies would be hearing an earful on a daily basis from hundreds of irate residents clamoring for critical, public services like simply maintaining the debris basins and storm channels. Instead we have one small business owner, weeks after the fact, pleading with hiker-tourists for help in dealing with several different government entities who clearly see little urgency in the matter.
AW

This one is pretty simple IMO....and not a good example. A storm on a recently burned sizable area ruined a piece of Highway 39. Theres no way anyone is going to fix anything until after the rainy season, nor should they. And with Caltrans operating under the assumption of El Nino saturated storms coming, that makes it 101% they wont move an inch on it, nor would they if there were a small village. The section from Crystal Lake to Highway 2 would be a better example, but there are plenty of voices supporting the fixing of that section already.

The operator should have known this would happen...and will happen again.
The FS plans to renovate the old campgrounds and spend millions....so it is in fact the public that recognizes the importance of Crystal Lake for recreation and wants the road opened. Its just that the history of Caltrans  is ignoring millions of people and not investing in mountain highways.
Sean

AW wrote:
And with Caltrans operating under the assumption of El Nino saturated storms coming, that makes it 101% they wont move an inch on it, nor would they if there were a small village.


Yes, they would. A village buried in snow and isolated from the rest of civilization would be considered a public emergency. They would either fix the road within days, evacuate the village, or indefinitely supply necessities by chopper. I'm guessing they'll fix the road as quickly as possible.
AW

Sean wrote:

Yes, they would. A village buried in snow and isolated from the rest of civilization would be considered a public emergency. They would either fix the road within days, evacuate the village, or indefinitely supply necessities by chopper. I'm guessing they'll fix the road as quickly as possible.


Crystal Lake was supplied by auto from the lower end. In the areas where the highway was gone, they put the supplies on wagons...then switching back to auto for the next section,etc. By that year of course the Solider Creek development had been long evacuated from the Curve fire.

Yeah, they fixed the lower section ASAP...as in 2 years lol. Within days? Impossible....and to top it off it was raining everyday for months and got worse and more highway defects. These clowns are planning for 1997-1998...Feb to be 13 inches of LA downtown rain. And if that happens, this defect will be just one of many.
dima

Has anyone heard anything about when the road to Crystal Lake will reopen? Don't want to get into a political discussion here, just want to know about the road Smile
AW

Early May?

http://caltransd7info.blogspot.co...el-canyon-road-sr-39-on-mend.html
AW

Schedule to open Friday 4/29 at 3:30 pm
tekewin

Thanks for the update.

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