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Laurel Canyon Boulevard Reopens With Limited Access

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A system of detours has been created by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to allow traffic along Laurel Canyon Boulevard through the Hollywood Hills -- effectively reopening the pass.

Southbound traffic has regained access to the entire stretch of Laurel Canyon, while Northbound traffic has been rerouted been Kirkwood and Mt. Olympus drives along a frontage road sometimes called "Little Laurel Canyon", reports City News Service. Access to truck traffic (vehicles over 6,000 pounds) remains closed.

On Wednesday, a 9,000-pound slab of concrete tumbled down a canyon hill from a home on Gould Avenue onto Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The concrete -- part of the house's foundation and back patio -- was damaged and dislodged during a bout of heavy rains. The wreckage caused the city to close the surround portion of the street to all vehicles.

The Gould Avenue home was red-tagged, last week, and two neighboring houses were yellow-tagged for precaution, a Department of Building and Safety told LAist.

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Estevan Montemayor, a spokesman for L.A. Councilman David Ryu, urged drivers to continue using the freeway rather than navigate Laurel Canyon until full use of the boulevard is restored, notes the Los Angeles Times.

According to City New Service, Kate Hutton, of the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, added that, while residents of the area were allowed to access their homes, the road won't reopen fully until Monday or Tuesday "at the absolute earliest."