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What Happened to Mulholland Drive...

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Traffic became more hellish than usual yesterday afternoon when two canyon routes suffered after Mulholland Drive was shut down due to a washed out road. This morning, Cora Jackson Fossett at the city's Department of Public Works explains what happened in an e-mail:

Due to recent storms, a washout or erosion gully has developed on the northern or downslope side of Mulholland. The washout is 35 ft wide, 10 ft deep. The washout has eroded fill material consisting of silty sand used when the road was constructed. Currently, the road is reduced to one east-bound lane and Public Works has K-rails, barricades and signage to warn motorists of the hazards. Due to the importance of Mulholland Drive to the area's traffic flow, we have requested to repair the road on an emergency or expedited basis.

The hole can be found "seven-tenths of a mile" east of Coldwater Canyon, said Jackson Fossett.