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Coldwater Canyon construction begins; End date? Next March

The view from Coldwater Canyon Park. If you drive Coldwater Canyon Boulevard to commute between the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, you might want to plan a detour.
The view from Coldwater Canyon Park. If you drive Coldwater Canyon Boulevard to commute between the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, you might want to plan a detour.
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If you drive Coldwater Canyon Boulevard to commute between the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, you might want to plan a detour. Traffic may be tied up starting Wednesday just south of Ventura Boulevard when workers start replacing a pipe in one of the county’s major water lines.

Jeff Bray of LADWP said drivers may anticipate daytime delays through the construction’s anticipated end date in March.

“Everyone’s calling it a closure," said Bray. "And we’re not doing a closure. We’re simply doing an intermittent reduction of the traffic lanes where we’ll be flagging for maybe, anywhere from a day to a week or two, and then there will be periods of time where there’s free-flowing traffic, one lane in each direction.”

Bray said Coldwater Canyon will be reduced to one lane from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the week, and also on some weekends, as crews replace a 1.3-mile-long section of water pipe from 1914 that ruptured three years ago.