Bouquet Canyon Creek Restoration & Road Closure
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Q. Is Bouquet Canyon Road open?
- A. Bouquet Canyon Road was reopened to traffic on November 21.
- Q. What steps were taken to open the road again?
- A. Prior to re-opening the road additional advisory signs and changeable message signs were put in place to advise motorists of slippery or wet conditions that could be present.
- Q. Could Bouquet Canyon Road close again?
- A. The goal is to keep Bouquet Canyon Road open in the absence of significant storm events. A Storm Season Operation Plan was developed that includes closure of the road in advance of predicted significant rainfall. The road would be re-opened after the storm has passed, inspection has been made and the roadway determined to be in an adequate condition.
- Q. Why was the road closed?
- A. Several years of sediment and vegetation have built-up within Bouquet Canyon Creek, compromising the normal flow path of water through the canyon. Recent inspections of the creek and roadway by LA County Public Works engineers revealed that even minor storm flows could lead to potentially unsafe driving conditions for motorists.
As a precaution, a 3.4-mile stretch of Bouquet Canyon Road was closed on October 27 with the intention to remain closed for the duration of storm season. The road was re-opened with additional advisory signage on November 21.
- Q. When will the issues affecting the road be resolved?
- A. Conditions along this section of Bouquet Canyon Road will continue to be impacted until the normal flow path for water within Bouquet Canyon Creek can be restored. The County is working with various Federal and State agencies to develop a draft plan that addresses environmental issues, such as creek bed restoration and endangered species protection. Once the plan is developed, its implementation will require environmental permits from various federal and state regulatory agencies, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Forest Service, before work can begin.
- Q. How will the public be notified of closures?
- A. Planned closures will be posted on the Public Works Road Closure website, and subscribers to the department's eNotify system will be automatically notified by e-mail. In addition, notifications targeted specifically to Bouquet Canyon can be obtained through eNotify by selecting the "Bouquet Canyon Information" option. The California Highway Patrol also sends messages on closures through its Nixle social media account. First responders, city managers, school district officials, and utility companies and local media outlets are all alerted prior to closures.
- Q. What alternative routes exist for communities during closures?
- A. Big Oaks Lodge and other local destinations are still accessible from the north. San Francisquito Canyon Road runs parallel to Bouquet Canyon Road and connects north of the road closure area via Spunky Canyon Road.
- Q. Is there emergency access during road closures?
- A. Law enforcement, fire, Forest Service and utility crews all have access to the closure area for official business and emergency response will remain unaffected.
- Q. How will the road closure affect postal delivery and trash collection?
- A. The U.S. Postal Service, waste haulers and other service providers are notified prior to closures and are developing solutions to continue to provide their essential services to customers.
- Q. How can I receive updates on road status?
- A. Updates on the road closure are available on the Public Works Road Closure website. Sign up for automatic updates specific to Bouquet Canyon via Public Works' eNotify system and select the "Bouquet Canyon Information" option.
- Q. Who can I contact if I have more questions?
- A. For more information regarding road closures please contact LA County Public Works Principal Engineer Allan Abramson at (661) 947-7173 or email@example.com.
For more information regarding the Bouquet Canyon Creek Restoration project, please contact LA County Public Works Senior Civil Engineer Patricia Wood at (626) 458-6131 or firstname.lastname@example.org