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New and Improved Wall For CV Station

December 22, 2005|By Geghard Arakelian

The collapsed Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station retaining wall in the station's public parking lot has remained an eyesore for many people driving up and down Briggs Avenue, but construction is now underway to fix the crumbled structure, station officials say.

The wall that collapsed due to heavy rains back in January will take about six months to replace. Workers recently tore down what had remained of the original wall to do grading work for the new one. Construction began earlier this month.

"They are going to cut the grade so they can make a new wall," said C.V. Sheriff's Station Operations Lt. Joe Efflandt.

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The construction is a joint operation between the L.A. County Public Works Department and Mackone Development Inc. The Federal Emergency Management Act also helped fund the project.

A drawback of the construction include a lack of parking on public sidewalks near the station.

"It's creating a little lack of parking spaces, [but] it hasn't really negatively impacted the station," Efflandt said.

The wall originally collapsed due to an excessive amount of rain collected in the soil behind the wall during heavy rains. A state-of-the-art drainage system also will be installed with the wall as a counter-measure for the future, Efflandt said.20051222irv1zyncGeghard Arakelian(LA)REBUILDING -- The wall in the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station public parking lot collapsed due to excessive rains in January of this year. Rebuilding the wall will take about six months, C.V Sheriff's Station officials said.

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