Stretch of Angeles Crest Highway reopens

Whether it's an out-of-control big rig causing a deadly accident, or mud and rockslides wiping out the roadway, there have been a number of recent problems along the Angeles Crest Highway.

But at a news conference Wednesday there seemed to be hope that we're finally turning the corner.

With the clip of a ribbon, and the roar of motorcycles, a renovated section of the Angeles Crest Highway is finally open again.

"I would like to say better late than never, but I had to say that," said San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

Mitzelfelt is referring to the road finally being open again.

Back in 2004-2005 a heavy winter storm caused major damage to a 10-mile stretch up here. Then, in 2006, things got worse. Caltrans spent more than $10 million to build a new bridge up here.

It's a bridge with a design that will hopefully minimize future problems and make the drive from L.A. to Wrightwood much easier.

"This bridge, the way it's set up will allow the slide material from this rock chute to go underneath the roadway at this location and allow us to keep the road open far into the future," said Doug Failing, Caltrans.

Still, one of the big concerns on State Route 2 is safety. On April 3, an out of control big-rig coming off the highway killed two people, and injured 12 others. So Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol reminded people about the temporary ban for big rigs on State Route 2.

"You won't see big rigs on this road, and if you do, we will handle it," said an official.

Also this week, Caltrans started work on restoring truck arrestor beds along State Route 2.

Caltrans says these are changes that will hopefully make the road not only more efficient, but safer as well.

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