Monday, April 29, 2013

Hikers Walkway around Lake Hollywood Reopens After 8-Year Closure

View of the Hollywood Sign from the reopened path | Zach Behrens/KCET
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Lake Hollywood Path Finally Reopens

One of the favored walk paths in Los Angeles for locals and tourists has long been the paved road around the Lake Hollywood reservoir nestled in the Hollywood Hills near Mulholland.  But after torrential rains in 2005, mudslides washed out and destroyed the path, which just now has been completely rebuilt and reopened to the public.

Excerpt: "Today's opening marks years of work by the city. In 2005 when Southern California was drenched by a number of winter storms, nine significant mudslides occurred around the reservoir, closing the entire popular path. While the eastern portion opened in 2009, it took longer to repair the western side. 'The road was wiped out,' explained Marty Adams, LADWP's director of water operations. 'It looked like a torrent of muddy water dropping off in a waterfall.'

But fixing the road was not just an issue for the LADWP and city: The project involved Senator Dianne Feinstein, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and neighbors. 'It really is an enlightening story of the community itself,' said Dr. Craig Davis, LADWP's geotechnical engineering manager.

'It's major engineering story, too,' Davis noted, explaining that equipment, sometimes larger than the homes surrounding the lake, had to be transported through private property. And add to that the lawyers: 'I think no less than 14 lawyers had to all sign the same agreement... It was really and truly a community effort.'

And thanks to all that work, walkers, joggers, and cyclists were already taking advantage the moment the ceremonial ribbon was cut."

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