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SINKING SUBWAY : MTA OFFICIALS HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO ON WHY THE FREEWAY KEEPS SAGGING.

WHAT exactly is going on under the Hollywood Freeway?

On Tuesday, subway construction under that roadway was halted because it had sunk up to 3.79 inches, which is beyond state permit limits. Yet the freeway is still open. Caltrans engineer Ray Hinton told reporters, ``The freeway remains absolutely safe.'' But we wonder.

This latest tunneling trouble comes just three weeks after state and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials revealed that this same section of the freeway, just northwest of the Lankershim Boulevard undercrossing by Universal City, had sunk three inches.

At that time they warned that if the freeway sagged a half-inch more - to 3.5 inches - it might have to be closed down to protect motorists.

In addition, settling at the abutments holding up the bridge over Lankershim was right at the permit level, meaning that the MTA will have to negotiate with Caltrans for a higher limit in that area.

Are these permit levels strict limits or arbitrary guidelines? Caltrans says they were set because of concerns that excessive settling would affect water on the freeway. What about cracks in the freeway? And is there the chance that the road could just collapse?

Perhaps it's cause for concern that the information coming from MTA and state officials regarding such a heavily traveled freeway is so limited and seemingly inconsistent.

Three weeks ago Caltrans spokeswoman Margie Tiritilli said the dip in the freeway was hardly noticeable. ``We are driving over it ourselves to test it,'' she said at the time.

Were Caltrans officials also driving over that portion of the Hollywood Boulevard that caved in last June? That collapse engulfed about half a block and paralyzed much of the neighborhood for nearly nine months.

Once again, the wisdom of building a subway under Los Angeles is being brought into question. Adding to that concern is a report by the Army Corps of Engineers that says some of the subway walls are at risk of being eaten away by chemical-laced ground water.

As the politicians continue to hash that one out, we're concerned with the safety and convenience of those who work or live near the subway and need to drive on the Hollywood Freeway day in and day out.

Perhaps the water damage and the sinking are what was expected, and it's OK. But we're not scientists, so those officials and their teams of experts entrusted with our safety owe us reliable and understandable explanations.

It's ironic that in an effort to improve public transportation in Los Angeles, tunneling for the subway might end up snarling traffic even more.
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