The southbound side of Laurel Canyon Boulevard is open to traffic today but motorists headed north on the heavily traveled road through the Hollywood Hills will have to take detours as a result of damage from last week’s heavy rainfall.
The road was closed Wednesday but on Saturday, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, in coordination with contractors and geologists, evaluated the property and hillside and determined it is safe to allow limited traffic through Laurel Canyon, department officials said.
Concrete K-rails have been installed in the mudslide area and the
property owner’s contractor removed what was left of a deck that was undermined
by a slide, the city said.
Northbound traffic will be detoured to Laurel Canyon Road between
Kirkwood and Mount Olympus drives and parking will be restricted. Southbound
traffic, however, can now use the affected stretch of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
Trucks over 6,000 pounds are prohibited and people who don’t live in the
area are urged to take alternative routes.
The slide was reported early Wednesday afternoon at a residence perched
above Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the 8100 block of West Gould Avenue. It
resulted in the closure of the road from Gould Avenue to Kirkwood Drive as a
Laurel Canyon Boulevard is a heavily used artery for motorists traveling
between the San Fernando Valley and L.A.’s Westside.
Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu introduced an emergency motion at
Friday’s council meeting that authorized funding for city staff to work as
needed over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend on Laurel Canyon
The couple who rent the endangered home, which was built in 1925, was
safely evacuated after the ground on which the house stands was seen to have
weakened. Then, around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, a 9,000-pound slab of concrete from
the foundation and retaining wall, which was attached to a patio, slid down the
hillside and landed below near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, which became blocked by
No one was hurt, but the home was red-tagged, meaning it is unsafe to
enter. Neighboring homes, one to the south and another to the north, were
yellow-tagged, meaning access is allowed with caution advised, and those
residents were told to stay out of their backyards.
Dave Lara of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety said the
collapse took out part of a fence and some ground. Firefighters placed sand
bags to divert rain. Another mud slide was reported in the neighborhood
Thursday morning amid steady rainfall.