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BRENTWOOD ( — Construction begins Tuesday morning on a water pipeline near UCLA and commuters are urged to avoid Sunset Boulevard at Hilgard Avenue.

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The L.A. Department of Water and Power  is installing a 36-inch pipeline, known as the Charing Cross and Hilgard Bypass Line, as the first phase of a $9-million project. There will be two additional phases of the project that will affect Hilgard near Charing Cross Road and will last through January 2016.

Crews will also temporarily remove the Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir from service as they cover the Beverly Glen structure to comply with regulations. The reservoir services the Beverly Glen and UCLA communities.

Drivers should expect traffic delays and will want to schedule extra time for their commute or consider alternate routes.

LADWP released a timeline for the project, including temporary lane changes and restrictions and when to expect crews on site:

Phase 1: June 15, 2015 – August 2015

Crews will be working at Sunset Boulevard at Hilgard Avenue Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with occasional work until 9 p.m.

Traffic Changes:

  • Sunset Boulevard Eastbound: No turns onto Hilgard Avenue or Copa de Oro Road.
  • Sunset Boulevard Westbound: No left turn onto Hilgard Avenue.
  • Copa De Oro Road Southbound: Right turn onto Sunset Boulevard only.
  • Metro Bus Detours: Lines 734 & 234 and Line 2-302 (westbound only)

Phase 2: August 2015 – September 2015

Pipeline construction will continue on Hilgard Avenue. Crews will be on site weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with occasional evening and Saturday work.

Traffic Changes:

  • Hilgard Avenue reduced to one lane in each direction between Sunset Boulevard and Comstock Avenue.

Phase 3: September 2015 – January 2016

The final stage of this project will be on Hilgard Avenue south of Charing Cross Road. Work will take place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with occasional evening and Saturday work.

Traffic Changes:

  • Hilgard Avenue reduced to one lane in each direction next to the work area.
  • Hilgard Avenue Northbound: No left turn onto Charles E. Young Drive.


For more information visit LADWP online.


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