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Photo: La Cienega Boulevard Buckles

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All the lanes across a strip of La Cienega Boulevard in Baldwin Hills kind of, well, collapsed last night.

A cop on a motorcycle noticed the strip of pavement between Stocker Street and Rodeo Road buckling last night, prompting the LADOT to shut down the lanes, according to City News Service. Fortunately, they were able to do a quick fix on the road and open up all the lanes by 6:30 am.

Authorities think the buckling was the result of a water main break from about a month ago. Mike Miller, of the LADWP told KTLA, "About a month ago, we’ve got an 8-inch iron-cast pipe underneath the street, and it’s 77 years old and it broke pretty good, enough to undermine the street. What happens is the asphalt — because it’s a solid street — the asphalt will lift up, but the dirt underneath can wash out, and that’s what caused the buckling here."

DWP crews are supposed to be out soon to fix the problem permanently...at a later date.