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Take Coldwater Canyon? Consider Your Commute Screwed For the Rest of the Year

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Commuters who rely on using Coldwater Canyon to get between the Valley and the other side of the hill weekdays may want to explore some alternate route options. A major construction project on the busy road has kicked off today, and will have traffic reduced to a single lane for a segment south of Ventura Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until December 30.During the daytime, flaggers will be on Coldwater, guiding motorists so that one direction of traffic will pass at a time using the single lane. At the end of the workday, the road will be set up again to allow one lane to travel in each direction at the same time.

The lane closure comes as a result of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews working on the trunk line replacement project. The LADWP explains the project:

The construction along Coldwater Canyon Avenue is part of the City Trunk Line South - Unit 5 (CTLS-5) Project, which will replace an aging trunk line built in 1914. The new trunk line, consisting of 54-inch and 60-inch diameter pipe and approximately 1.3 miles in length, will improve the reliability and flexibility of LADWP’s water distribution system.

A few other traffic notes:

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During this period of construction, Halkirk Street will remain closed to through traffic at Coldwater Canyon Avenue. Halkirk Street will be accessible to residents from Alcove Avenue, Goodland Avenue and Goodland Place. Harvard Westlake Upper School’s driveway on Coldwater Canyon Avenue will remain accessible to campus visitors during the winter break.

Your options for avoiding Coldwater are Laurel Canyon, Beverly Glen, and the 405 or Sepulveda, the latter two already a little messed up thanks to ongoing construction.