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Sinkhole forces month-long closure of Angeles Crest Highway

A motorcyclist rides the Angeles Crest Highway (State Route 2) in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains.
A motorcyclist rides the Angeles Crest Highway (State Route 2) in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains.
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A 10-foot-deep sinkhole has opened on a mountain highway of northeast of Los Angeles.

State transportation officials said Friday that the hole will force the closure of an eight-mile stretch of State Route 2, also known as Angeles Crest Highway.

The sinkhole is on eastbound side of the highway, west of the Grassy Hollow Visitors Center. The curvy stretch of road between the visitors center and State Route 39, is often closed during the winter. 

Contractors will have to replace some 200 feet of drain pipe and repave the road, a process that could take about a month.