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Oopsies! New Retaining Wall Put Up in Sepulveda Pass Is Collapsing

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One of 18 new retaining walls installed in the Sepulveda Pass as part of the ongoing 405 Freeway improvement project has begun to collapse. The wall began to buckle last week during the strong windstorm, say area residents, according to MyFoxLA.

The wall is part of a new onramp for the Skirball Center in the Mountaingate area, and has not opened to traffic yet.

Construction crews are using sandbags to help shore up the wall, which has what appears to be an 18-foot section that has buckled.

A Metro Community Relations spokesperson said that they will be looking at all of the walls to see what happened and to ensure this does not happen again, however there is no need to be concerned because they have quality control measures in place to monitor the safety of the new construction. A full investigation is expected to take several weeks. The project is slated to be completed in 2013.