Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

California Trying To Give Away A Highway

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) — California’s transit agency is trying to give away a highway that dead ends in the San Gabriel mountains over Los Angeles, but no one wants it.

The U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County both want Highway 39 to remain open, the Los Angeles Times reports. The highway provides access to Angeles National Forest for the public and firefighters and to three county dams.

Neither, on the other hand, wants to assume the cost of maintaining a road subject to damage from forest fires, landslides, falling rocks and floods. Caltrans puts the annual upkeep at $1.5 million a year.

Highway 39 runs from the city of Azusa to Crystal Lake, where the Forest Service recently spent $6 million upgrading a campground. When it was built in the 1920s, it connected with the Angeles Crest Highway, but a 1978 landslide blocked the last 4.4 miles, creating what Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler called “essentially a 27-mile cul-de-sac.”

The highway provides access to about 500 homes and is vital for some business owners.

Adam Samrah, a Turkish immigrant, bought the Crystal Lake Snack Bar Trading Post in 2002, only to see the area closed by a forest fire. He finally opened in March and says closing Highway 39 “would destroy me.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “California Trying To Give Away A Highway”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.