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ROADS CLOSED FOR MONTHS SAN FRANCISQUITO, BOUQUET ROUTES HEAVILY DAMAGED.

Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer

PALMDALE - Two heavily used commuters routes between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys will remain closed for months because of storm damage, Los Angeles County's top administrator said Wednesday.

San Francisquito Canyon Road will be closed for eight months and Bouquet Canyon Road will be closed for two months, Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said at a Palmdale Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

``This is the worst storm we've ever had,'' Janssen said.

County officials are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get financial assistance for repairing the storm damage, Janssen said. On Saturday, the governor declared a state of emergency in seven counties, including Los Angeles.

Damage to county roads in the Antelope Valley alone has been estimated at $20 million. Damage to county roads and flood control facilities throughout the county has been estimated at $50 million.

Given the torrential rains, Janssen said he was surprised that the damage wasn't worse.

County Public Works and state Transportation Department officials said they are working to hasten repairs to storm-damaged roads.

Aerial photos show a bridge knocked out on San Francisquito Canyon Road north of Saugus, as well as sections of that road and of Bouquet Canyon Road washed away by the creeks the roads parallel.

Sierra Highway between Acton and Canyon Country reopened Monday. Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway, which are used by Antelope Valley commuters traveling to Pasadena, reopened Wednesday.

While Angeles Crest Highway is open, Caltrans officials warned motorists that crews are still at work along it.

Big Tujunga Canyon Road, which connects Angeles Forest Highway to Sunland, remains closed, Los Angeles County roads officials said.

The county Board of Supervisors directed Public Works officials to provide weekly reports, which will be made available to affected cities and town councils in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, about the progress of repair efforts.

Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743

james.skeen(at)dailynews.com

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(color) A car lies stuck in the dry mud of a wash Wednesday as county crews work to reopen nearby Avenue N, part of the estimated $20 million in damage Antelope Valley roads suffered in the recent storms.

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