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Drivers Warned Of Traffic Delays Ahead Of Coldwater Canyon Street Repairs

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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — If your morning commute takes you anywhere near Coldwater Canyon south of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, you may want to start searching for an alternate route.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports the drive between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills is about to get very ugly for the next 10 months.

Starting today, crews will begin installation of a major water line that replaces the 98-year-old line that ruptured back in 2009 and caused significant flooding.

The work will take place primarily between Halkirk Street and Avenida Del Sol between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays — and at various hours on Saturdays — which will reduce Coldwater Canyon to one lane of traffic.

Flag crews will be on hand to direct traffic through the area.

The closure was unwelcome news to members of a landscaping crew that frequently drives the canyon.

“This is one of the main arteries we use other than the 405, and now we’re screwed I guess,” said one worker.

Studio City in particular has been plagued by recent water main breaks, including one rupture last November that left the busy intersection of Ventura Boulevard near Whitsett Avenue completely shut down for repairs.

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