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Hollywood Reservoir trail reopens today after 4-year closure

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The road along the Hollywood Reservoir has long been one of Los Angeles' most popular walking and jogging trials. 

That is, before 2005, the year L.A. experienced one of its wettest winters on record. All the rain caused landslides that forced officials to close down the roads. Ever since, users have wondered when they will be able to get back on the trail. 

Today is the day. L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge and neighborhood residents this morning will reopen the eastern perimeter road of the reservoir. The other side of the road remains closed.

As part of the project, the Department of Water and Power repaved the road, stabilized hillsides and improved drainage. 

More work is required on the west side, which is not expected to reopen until 2011.

The reservoir was built in 1924 by William Mulholland and once provided Los Angeles with much of its water supply.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A view of the scenic Lake Hollywood Reservior from the Mulholland Dam. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) More photos
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how about cycling? ok or no?

If that dam ever broke, goodbye Hollywood, washed out to sea.

Most people don't realize there is a 900 foot long dam perched right above Hollywood, holding back 2.5 billion gallons of water. That's because it is hidden behind a load of earth that was dumped in front of it as a response when the St. Francis dam burst. The DWP likes to call it 'reinforcement' but it's really just extra debris that will tumble through the city as it washes out all the way out to Santa Monica Bay.

If you look north from the 101 as you are driving by Gower Street, you can see the rim of the dam.


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