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Coldwater Canyon expected to see major delays due to DWP work

May 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Drivers may want to steer clear of Coldwater Canyon Avenue through Studio City from now until next March as the Department of Water and Power works on replacing a major water line.

Beginning Wednesday, Coldwater Canyon Avenue will be reduced intermittently to just one lane of traffic between Halkirk Street and Avenida Del Sol. The closure will be between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and some Saturdays.

"Major commuting hours are normally in the mornings," said Bob Smith from DWP.

A DWP crew will be replacing a nearly 100-year-old major water line that broke in 2009. The water-main break caused massive flooding and damaged several homes and businesses.

"It's not even an inconvenience any more. It's just super frustrating and super dangerous," said Raffi Piliguian, a Coldwater homeowner.

It will be replaced with roughly 1.3 miles of 54- and 60-inch diameter piping. So far, 985 feet of 60-inch pipe have been installed.

City News Service contributed to this report.