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Coldwater Canyon Avenue to shut down for 5 weeks

Construction on Coldwater Canyon Avenue in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

March 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Traffic is already squeezed by construction on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, but starting this weekend, it's going to get a whole lot worse.

On Saturday, Coldwater Canyon Avenue will close between Mulholland Drive and Ventura Boulevard for five full weeks to facilitate the replacement of a 60-inch water pipeline. The road is expected to be closed for most of the day, every day, until the Department of Water and Power project is finished.

"It is going to be a terrible inconvenience, it is going to cause great delays in traffic both across the canyon and throughout the southern part of the San Fernando Valley," said Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian at a press conference Wednesday.

The project, which will replace a 100-year-old pipe to avoid a rupture, is also expected to be noisy.