Asphalt, Concrete Reason for Beverly Hills Street Repair Disparity: City Official

The north side of the street between Robertson and La Cienega maintained by Beverly Hills is visibly smooth, while the south side, maintained by Los Angeles, is patched up and cracked

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    This is a street that separates Los Angeles city and Beverly Hills.

    City officials on Wednesday addressed an NBC4 report about a stretch of road with a visible disparity in road quality on the line between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

    An NBC4 viewer sent the station an email titled "A Tale of Two Cities," referring to Gregory Way's undeniable center line.

    The north side of the street between Robertson and La Cienega maintained by Beverly Hills is visibly smooth, while the south side, maintained by Los Angeles, is patched up and cracked.

    Beverly Hills Spokesperson Therese Kosterman said on Wednesday that newer staff members were not familiar with the history of Gregory Way and took time to research it.

    "Many areas along the city border streets are of different materials," Kosterman said in a statement, "including Gregory way," which she said is part asphalt and part concrete.

    The difference in materials is why street maintenance strategies for each half are not the same, she said.

    The paved asphalt side Kosterman is referring to is the Beverly Hills side of the street, while the cracked concrete side is the LA side.

    "The City of Beverly Hills has successfully coordinated street paving with the city of LA in the past. Robertson Boulevard between Clifton Way and Burton Way is a street that one-half is in each city," Kosterman said. "Beverly Hills paved the entire street in this area in 2009 since the street was entirely asphalt."

    Kosterman also said a similar portion of Loma Vista at the northern Beverly Hills city border was coordinated with Los Angeles and paved in 2011.

    LA's Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Management said Monday the city was never contacted before the paving was done on Gregory Way.

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