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L.A. drivers regain access to Laurel Canyon Boulevard

Laurel Canyon Blvd.
The southbound lanes of Laurel Canyon Boulevard have been fully opened after a mudslide shut down the major north-south traffic artery last week.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles officials have restored limited access to Laurel Canyon Boulevard, unclogging a major north-south traffic artery that was shut down last week after a mudslide.

Southbound traffic can now use the full stretch of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, said Edward Yu, an engineer with the city’s Department of Transportation. Northbound drivers will be detoured onto Laurel Canyon Road between Kirkwood and Mount Olympus drives, he said.

The announcement comes four days after a mudslide sent part of a home’s patio down a hillside, pushing debris onto the busy boulevard. That, in turn, prompted officials to close a section of the street, which serves as a crucial north-south route between the Westside and Studio City in the San Fernando Valley.

On Saturday, building inspectors determined the hillside had been stabilized. Large concrete barriers have been installed on part of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Truck traffic remains prohibited.

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Because of the changes in roadway conditions, southbound drivers should proceed with caution, Yu said.

Estevan Montemayor, spokesman for Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, said the city is still encouraging motorists to use freeways until full access on Laurel Canyon is restored.

david.zahniser@latimes.com

Twitter: @DavidZahniser

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