“This is a major artery for all four of the mountain communities, as well as the Antelope Valley,” Wood said. The new segment is following a route roughly graded in the 1980s by county workers, but abandoned after the discovery of an ancient landslide farther south that would have made completing the realigned road too costly. Though that grading was done years ago, construction crews must widen cuts through hills and add fill in low spots because road safety standards have changed to require gentler curves and grades. The temporary bridge is being built by laying three railroad flat cars across a decades-old one-lane bridge. That bridge, expected to cost about $350,000, will commuters use the road while the permanent bridge is built a few feet upstream. The temporary bridge is needed because there is a time-consuming process to get federal and state approval of construction plans and environmental matters for a permanent bridge, said Mark Caddick, district engineer for county roads. The permanent bridge could cost $3.7 million to $3.9 million, which is included in the $7.5 million estimate. The construction could be completed by the end of January if no rain falls, Caddick said, but officials have set a reopening date of March 31 because of the likelihood of weather delays. A thunderstorm last month halted work temporarily. “There will be delays due to rain. We still think the end of March is a good date,” Caddick said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 To get the road out of a low-lying area that is easily flooded, a 1.8-mile section is being moved to a a hillside west of the creek, avoiding a marshy area, a narrow canyon and two bridges damaged by last winter’s storms. Moving the route and repairing other storm damage – as well as reconstructing pavement damaged by heavy construction equipment rolling along it – is expected to cost about $7.5 million, of which about $5.5 million will be paid by state and federal governments. The new route will be the last segment of the restored road, already repaired for more than two miles between Green Valley and Saugus. Since July, hundreds of commuters have been driving the roughly graded dirt in early mornings and evenings, led by a pilot vehicle. Residents of Green Valley and the communities of Lake Elizabeth, Lake Hughes and Leona Valley have been driving to Santa Clarita on Lake Hughes Road and Bouquet Canyon Road to the west and east of San Francisquito, since those roads were reopened within weeks of the winter storms. Residents are glad that San Francisquito Canyon Road is being repaired, Green Valley Town Council President Kimberly Wood said. Green Valley residents count on San Francisquito as an evacuation route if a brush fire approaches from the north. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Construction crews are moving more than 37,000 tons of dirt and rock to cut a new route for winding San Francisquito Canyon Road, a main commuting link between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley. Destroyed by January storms, the road is scheduled to reopen by early spring – as soon as a temporary bridge, made of three railroad flat cars, is completed across San Francisquito Creek. An aide said county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has been encouraging the Public Works Department to expedite building of the road and bridge. “He understands the hardship it causes residents of Green Valley and other communities in this area,” Norm Hickling, field deputy to Antonovich, said about the missing road.