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Benedict Canyon Is Back Open Two Months Earlier Than Expected

LADWP crews worked to replace roughly a mile of water pipeline in Benedict Canyon. (Courtesy LADWP)
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We can't be the only ones a little shocked (but in a good way) by the news that Benedict Canyon reopened today, roughly two months ahead of schedule.

The key link between Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley was closed in May and was supposed to stay that way through November while Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews replaced a one-mile section of water pipeline. But the work finished early, with LADWP officials crediting good coordination between its staff, City Councilman Paul Koretz and other city agencies.

The department said it saved an estimated $1.8 million by completing the work ahead of schedule.

Four additional fire hydrants were also installed on the roadway "to improve the existing fire protection capabilities in the area," according to the project site.

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