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Coldwater Canyon Closes for a Month

The passageway through the hills between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside officially closed for one month, starting Saturday, March 23.

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STUDIO CITY, Calif. (KTLA) — Coldwater Canyon reopened to traffic Tuesday night, two days ahead of scheduled, but not a moment too soon for commuters.

coldwater-picThe road has been closed six days a week since March 23.

Construction crews replaced a 60-inch water main that was nearly 100 years old.

The closure — between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive — removed one of the main north-south routes between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.

Left turn restrictions will remain in effect until June 1, but effective immediately, Coldwater Canyon is finally good to go.

STUDIO CITY, Calif. (KTLA) — Good news for those traveling between Studio City and the L.A. Basin on Friday. Coldwater Canyon is open, but only for today.

canyongeddon-picColdwater Canyon is one of the main routes connecting the San Fernando Valley and West L.A.

But it’s closed daily until April 26 between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive so crews can replace an aging water main.

Today is the exception, with construction put on hold for Good Friday. However, the closure will be back in effect on Saturday.

The hours of the Coldwater 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.

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.

KTLA’s Dave Mecham reports

coldwater-picHere it comes: more construction, more traffic headaches.

Welcome to Southern California.

Forget about Carmageddon and the 405.

The flashing sign says it all: the latest closure affects north-south artery Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive.

The passageway through the hills between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside officially closed for one month, starting Saturday, March 23.

The L.A. DWP has to replace a nearly 100 year old water main along the busy mountain route.

Officials say the move is critical to ensure safe drinking water for people in the area.

In the evenings and on Sundays, one lane in each direction will be open. However, the rest of the time Coldwater will be off limits.

Drivers are urged to start planning alternate routes.

Apparently not everyone will be barred from using Coldwater Canyon Avenue during the pipeline replacement project.

The DWP will be giving people who live in the area and go to schools in the area, special access permits.

STUDIO CITY — Drivers who traverse the hills between the Westside and the San Fernando Valley are bracing for long detours as Coldwater Canyon Avenue closes for a month beginning Saturday at 8:30 a.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.

road-closed-bgThe closure is necessary for workers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to replace a 99-year-old water pipe. The road will reopen April 26

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

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

The exact hours of the Coldwater Canyon Avenue closures are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This is a vitally important project to ensure the continued safety and reliability of our drinking water,” Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian said in the news release.

“I know how difficult it will be to drive through the area during this time, which is why I would urge all of us to find alternate routes during construction.”

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, or taking the Metro: Cahuenga Boulevard/Highland Avenue; Laurel Canyon Boulevard; Beverly Glen Boulevard; Sepulveda Boulevard; 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.

– Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times

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