La Cienega Reopens After Buckled Road Repair
BALDWIN HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — La Cienega Boulevard has been re-opened in Baldwin Park, after it was shut down due to major cracks in the road.
A motorcycle cop went over the road about 9 p.m. and noticed that something wasn’t right.
Upon further investigation, he found that the road had buckled across almost all lanes.
Department of Water and Power crews were immediately called out to the scene.
They worked overnight on a quick fix, and were able to open one southbound lane around 5 a.m. All lanes were re-opened shortly before 7 a.m.
According to DWP officials, there was a water main break there about a month ago that was repaired by crews.
“About a month ago, we’ve got an 8-inch iron-cast pipe underneath the street, and it’s 77 years old and it broke pretty good, enough to undermine the street,” Mike Miller, of the LADWP explained.
“What happens is the asphalt — because it’s a solid street — the asphalt will lift up, but the dirt underneath can wash out, and that’s what caused the buckling here.”
He said the problem was exacerbated by the fact that the temperatures have been very warm during the day and very cold at night.
DWP crews will come back to do a more complete and permanent repair at a later date.