Coldwater Canyon Avenue reopens 2 days early

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After a month of heavy construction to replace a nearly century-old water line, the six-day-a-week closures of Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Mulholland Drive and Ventura Boulevard ends Tuesday night, two days ahead of schedule.

The construction had been expected to last through Thursday, but Department of Water and Power officials announced that when the road reopened at 7 p.m., it will stay open.

Left-turn restrictions in the construction area will remain in effect until June 1 to accommodate minor construction south of Ventura, according to the LADWP.

The project began March 23, closing the stretch of Coldwater from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

The project involved the replacement of a 60-inch DWP water line that is 99 years old and which spectacularly ruptured in 2009, causing a mess that prompted nearly $8 million in legal claims against the city.

Los Angeles city officials, including L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols, were scheduled to hold a press conference about the reopening Tuesday evening in a Ralph's parking lot.

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