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City struggles to find money to repair roads

A section of Mulholland Drive has been temporarily closed until further notice due to a sinkhole.

February 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The rain may have passed, but the impact of all those storms continues to plague motorists across southern California. One of the biggest problems focuses on a stretch of Mulholland Drive between Lauren Canyon and Coldwater Canyon. The storms have left behind road closures stretching from Malibu all the way over to Big Bear. One particular damage on Mulholland Drive is going to cause a lot of headaches for people trying to get from one end of the valley to Beverly Hills over to the west side and vice versa. But the issue is that nobody has worked on these damages yet because the city is trying to find the money to make the repairs.

The hole is about 35 feet deep and 10 feet across and right now, the city of Los Angeles cannot afford to fix it.

According to the L.A. Department of Public Works, it's requested from the city emergency funds to make the repairs. When asked how long it would take to fix the damage, one of the men surveying the damage for the city would only say a few weeks once the money became available.

In the meantime, the two plus mile stretch of Mulholland Drive, the westbound lane from Lauren Canyon all the way over to Coldwater Canyon is closed. Only the westbound lane is open.

The city is asking people who rely on the damaged stretch of Mulholland Drive to get to where they're going to start looking for other ways to get around. Again, when is the work going to begin? The answer is, as soon as the city finds the money to pay for it.