Vasquez Canyon Road under examination for possible distortion
The center of a recently rebuilt section of Vasquez Canyon Road shows signs of warping on Monday, July 31, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
By Austin Dave
Monday, July 31st, 2017

County officials are once again examining a section of Vasquez Canyon Road in Saugus, made famous by a significant upheaval of pavement in 2015, a Department of Public Works spokesman confirmed.

Local crews were made aware of a dipping and rising of pavement Monday morning in an area of roadway approaching a reconstructed section reopened to the public last November.

The 200-foot long repaired area, was heavily fortified by a solid hard base layer made up of recycled pavement, Los Angeles County Public Works spokesman Steven Frasher explained.

There’s more solid base layer in the same area then there was before the yearlong closure, he noted.

But the focus of engineers is the pavement approaching the new section, first paved over compacted soil about nine months ago.

The crews have noticed a bit of dip and rise in that section and are preparing to repair it, Frasher said.

Several people took to social media to say they had noticed a segment of roadway bending upward within the replaced section. That portion is along the yellow-striped median, adjacent to white concrete K-rails.

Public Works officials could not confirm if the two segments were one and the same, but planned to take a close look at the area.

The east-to-west roadway linking northern Canyon Country with Saugus was closed to motorists on Nov. 19, 2015 after rising about three feet in several places.

Less than 24 hours later, the area was propelled into the international spotlight after the 200-foot section of roadway rose more than 15 feet overnight.

In this 2015 photo, a California Highway Patrol Officer asks trespassers to leave a enclosed area where a portion of Vasquez Canyon Road was buckled by a movement of the soil that lifted the roadway. Dan Watson/The Signal

Several hundred people flocked to the scene to take in the spectacularly mangled roadway as it quickly became an unexpected tourist stop in the initial days following.

The roadway reopened on Nov. 23, 2016 after several months of litigation cleared a path to construction.

Members of the Media, right, line up as dignitaries cut the ribbon at the official re-opening of Vasquez Canyon Road in this November 2016 photo. Dan Watson/The Signal

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Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.

Vasquez Canyon Road under examination for possible distortion

County officials are once again examining a section of Vasquez Canyon Road in Saugus, made famous by a significant upheaval of pavement in 2015, a Department of Public Works spokesman confirmed.

Local crews were made aware of a dipping and rising of pavement Monday morning in an area of roadway approaching a reconstructed section reopened to the public last November.

The 200-foot long repaired area, was heavily fortified by a solid hard base layer made up of recycled pavement, Los Angeles County Public Works spokesman Steven Frasher explained.

There’s more solid base layer in the same area then there was before the yearlong closure, he noted.

But the focus of engineers is the pavement approaching the new section, first paved over compacted soil about nine months ago.

The crews have noticed a bit of dip and rise in that section and are preparing to repair it, Frasher said.

Several people took to social media to say they had noticed a segment of roadway bending upward within the replaced section. That portion is along the yellow-striped median, adjacent to white concrete K-rails.

Public Works officials could not confirm if the two segments were one and the same, but planned to take a close look at the area.

The east-to-west roadway linking northern Canyon Country with Saugus was closed to motorists on Nov. 19, 2015 after rising about three feet in several places.

Less than 24 hours later, the area was propelled into the international spotlight after the 200-foot section of roadway rose more than 15 feet overnight.

In this 2015 photo, a California Highway Patrol Officer asks trespassers to leave a enclosed area where a portion of Vasquez Canyon Road was buckled by a movement of the soil that lifted the roadway. Dan Watson/The Signal

Several hundred people flocked to the scene to take in the spectacularly mangled roadway as it quickly became an unexpected tourist stop in the initial days following.

The roadway reopened on Nov. 23, 2016 after several months of litigation cleared a path to construction.

Members of the Media, right, line up as dignitaries cut the ribbon at the official re-opening of Vasquez Canyon Road in this November 2016 photo. Dan Watson/The Signal

About the author

Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.