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Collapsed LA coastal road unlikely to be repaired

Los Angeles coast road landslide unlikely to be repaired, geologists hired to study landslide By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' A Los Angeles official says a huge stretch of coastal bluff road that collapsed in a heavy rainstorm Sunday is likely irreparable and a new route for the scenic roadway will have to be considered.

Peter Sanders, spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said Monday that a geotechnical firm has been hired to study the cause of the landslide, which started earlier this year along an 800-foot section of Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.

The road had been closed off to the public for several months as the asphalt buckled and fissures appeared. Sunday's rain caused the roadway to wash into the sea, leaving a gaping hole in the cliffside.

There were no injuries or property damaged.

Sanders says the geological study will take several months to complete.

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