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Commuters Face 1st Day of Coldwater Closure

STUDIO CITY, Calif. (KTLA) — Morning commuters passing through Studio City can expect some heavy traffic on Monday, the first weekday of the Coldwater Canyon closure.

canyongeddon-picThe closure began over the weekend and will last for a month so the LADWP can replace a 99-year-old water pipe.

Some 30,000 cars use the roadway, which connects the San Fernando Valley to the Westside, each day. But now they’ll have to find another route.

The hours of the closure are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In the evenings and on Sundays, one lane in each direction will be open.

The rest of the time, the road will be completely closed between Mulholland Drive and Ventura Boulevard.

The main construction zone is from Dickens Street to Hacienda Drive.

Area residents and schools, include Harvard-Westlake, are receiving special access permits, the DWP said in a release.

Since March 9, drivers have not been allowed to turn left from Coldwater Canyon Avenue north or south onto Ventura Boulevard. That restriction will continue through the construction period.

City officials suggest the following alternate routes, including Cahuenga Blvd/Highland Ave, Laurel Canyon Blvd, Beverly Glen Blvd, Sepulveda Blvd and the 405 Freeway.

To receive email updates about the project, click “Get Updates” at www.ladwpnews.com. Select “City Trunk Line-Coldwater Canyon Construction” in the sign-up form.

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