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Sewage Spill Causes Freeway Tie-Up in Highland Park

A clogged sewer line overflowed in Highland Park on Tuesday, disgorging sewage onto the northbound Pasadena (110) Freeway and closing all but one lane for about five hours.

The spill near York Boulevard was reported 8:53 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said, adding that northbound traffic was initially taken off the freeway Avenue 60.

Lauren Skinner, spokeswoman for the city Department of Public Works, said repair crews cleared the blockage by about 10:20 a.m., but it took crews until around 2 p.m. to clean the mess off the freeway and check other sewer lines for blockages. She said about 260 gallons of sewage flowed onto the road, and 162 gallons were recovered.

“The other 98 gallons spilled into the Arroyo Seco Channel,” Skinner said. “But that is a very small amount.”

All freeway lanes were reopened at 2:08 p.m., according to the CHP.