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Landslide report: The price tag for rebuilding Paseo del Mar

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Workmen are shown at the site of a slow-moving landslide on Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.

It will cost tens of millions of dollars to rebuild a section of ocean cliff road in San Pedro that slid and collapsed after a storm last year, according to an engineering report released this week.

Rebuilding the 170-foot section of Paseo del Mar could cost anywhere from $4 million for regrading to $62 million if a bridge is built. Stabilizing the cliff site will cost about $7 million, according to the LA Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering White Point Landslide report.

Erosion caused by waves, rain, irrigation water and residential development were cited as contributing factors. The study also noted that no significant earth movement has occurred since the collapse.

Last year, what was initially thought to be a sinkhole, turned out to be a large-scale landslide. A 900-foot stretch of Paseo del Mar (between Weymouth and Western) was closed last September

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Will San Pedro's landslide stand its ground against the weekend weather?

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Workmen are shown at the site of a slow-moving landslide on Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.

Heavy rains expected in Los Angeles this weekend have the potential to push an already sliding section of San Pedro closer to the sea. The slow-motion cliff-crumble has already caused sections of road to break apart, leaving holes in some areas, and sending chunks tumbling to a watery grave.

Residents and engineers say the earth has not moved since the Nov. 20 landslide, but they're still wary of the weekend storm, aka Sloshin' 2: Hypothermia Boogaloo.

City officials say no homes are in immediate danger, but they are taking the threat seriously and sealing off the unstable area, notes the L.A. Times.

Debris cleanup from the November's slide will remain on hold even after the rain passes, however. Officials say the area will not be safe to do that kind of work until the bluff stands its ground for at least six months or a year. An engineering survey is expected to be complete in April.

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