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City, Residents Prepare For 5-Week Closure Of Coldwater Canyon

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STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles city officials publicly discussed Wednesday a planned five-week closure of Coldwater Canyon Avenue.

Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Tom LaBonge, along with members of the LA Departments of Water and Power, and Transportation,  held an 8:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the closure of the popular 405 Freeway alternative.

“It’s gonna be no fun for anyone,” one driver told CBS2.

Coldwater Canyon will be closed in both directions from March 23 to April 26 from Ventura Boulevard to Mulholland Drive.

The closure will be in place from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, officials said in a statement. Residents will be granted limited access with a pass.

The popular route, which is used by 30,000 cars daily, will be reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight hours and on Sundays.

“Leave early take a book if you get there early – read it,” Councilman LaBonge said.

The closure is part of a major improvement project to upgrade the city’s water infrastructure. Crews will also replace a 60-inch trunk line that burst in 2009, flooding a portion of Studio City with 5 million gallons of water.

“This is a major construction project that will create tremendous disruption and noise that will echo and resonate through that canyon,” Krekorian told KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou.

“Obviously it needs to get done, so we want it to get done but traffic is going to be a mess,” driver Scott Montoya said.

Laurel Canyon, Beverly Glen, the 405 and 101 freeways and Metro are suggested alternates.

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