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Work on Vasquez Canyon Road to begin Monday

Posted: June 2, 2016 7:54 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2016 7:54 p.m.
Sightseers flocked to Vasquez Canyon Road last November after earth movement twisted the pavement into a geologic curiousity - and a challenge to skateboarders. Signal file photo by Jonathan Smith Sightseers flocked to Vasquez Canyon Road last November after earth movement twisted the pavement into a geologic curiousity - and a challenge to skateboarders. Signal file photo by Jonathan Smith
Sightseers flocked to Vasquez Canyon Road last November after earth movement twisted the pavement into a geologic curiousity - and a challenge to skateboarders. Signal file photo by Jonathan Smith
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County work crews are grabbing their shovels and revving up their bulldozers to begin extensive cleanup Monday on Vasquez Canyon Road, a county spokesman said.

As Los Angeles County officials use eminent domain to expropriate land needed for a complete overhaul of the twisted road, workers with the Department of Public Works are going to start removing debris on county-owned land, Public Works spokesman Steve Frasher said Thursday.

Their hope is to cleanup what they can now and be ready in time to work on expropriated land once they get the green light from county lawyers pursuing eminent domain.

County officials felt compelled to pursue eminent domain after efforts to work with the current landowner were stymied, Public Works spokesman Kerjon Lee said last month.

“The legal process might take some time,” Frasher said Thursday. “If we start work now, it will give us a chance to watch and see what the hillside does.”

The stretch of road in question connected Bouquet Canyon Road with Sierra Highway north of Soledad Canyon Road, providing a back way across the valley to residents in northern Santa Clarita Valley and communities to the north.

But last November that back road began twisting and crumbling, turning into a geologic pretzel that thwarted roads engineers and drew challenge-seeking skateboarders who made it briefly famous in globally-posted videos.

The county shut the roadway down and then, when the curious found a way in anyway, it stripped the roadbed of pavement.

The price tag for reconstruction of the road — apart from the purchase of the property — is at least $5.2 million, Lee said, citing the receipt of a $5.2 million Federal Highway Administration grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make the repairs.

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