LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Construction on Los Feliz Boulevard is expected to further impact traffic along the busy street beginning next week.


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) says the lane closures along the boulevard will begin on April 2, to allow crews to replace the underground power infrastructure.

The work, which is part of the LADWP Power Reliability Improvement, will be done in three phases.

The first phase will end in early May with work taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and possibly on Saturday.

During this period, just one westbound lane will be available for through traffic on Los Feliz Boulevard at Hillhurst Avenue.

All lanes heading east will remain open. No left turns will be allowed onto Hillhurst Avenue, however, from eastbound Los Feliz Boulevard.

The second phase, from early May to late June, will involve digging up five of the seven lanes on the boulevard west of Vermont Avenue, reducing traffic to just one lane in each direction.

The work will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A third phase will get underway from late June through Fall 2013 and will involve cable slicing.

The LADWP says much of the work during this phase will be done at night to lessen the impact on traffic.

The city plans to station traffic control officers at major intersections to ease the congestion.

“This is an improvement that will provide a much-needed upgrade to our power infrastructure. This effort will add capacity and relieve existing circuits,” L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge said in a letter to his constituents.

“Unfortunately, there will be unavoidable traffic impacts associated with the construction on Los Feliz Boulevard. We cannot take these impacts lightly,” he added.

For a complete list of closures, visit the LADWP online.

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