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'Canyon-geddon': Coldwater Canyon to Shut Down for 28 Days from Mulholland to Ventura Blvd. [Video]

The full closure will begin on March 23 and has many community leaders concerned about the traffic jams that may happen while the LADWP installs a new trunk line.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced to the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council on Monday that Coldwater Canyon Avenue from Ventura Boulevard to Mulholland Drive will soon be closed for 28 working days from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday while the department installs a new trunk line in the area.

The full closure will begin on March 23 and had many councilmembers concerned about the traffic jams it may cause, as Coldwater is heavily utilized by commuters travelling back and forth from the Valley and the Westside.

The closure area is in Studio City but is just a few blocks east of Sherman Oaks. The Studio City Neighborhood Council was informed of the closure by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian's office at its January meeting.

“It sounds like 'Canyon-geddon.' It won’t affect as many people but it sure is going to affect our neighborhoods,” said Ron Taylor of the Studio City Neighborhood Counci, referring to the closures of the 405 Freeway that were dubbed "Carmageddon."

Greg Bartz of the LADWP spoke in front of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council on Monday and gave the details of the closure. Councilmember Jay Beeber grilled Bartz about why the council wasn't informed of the closure sooner or involved in the discussions.

"We did coordinate with Councilmember Krekorian’s office. They were taking the lead on working with neighborhood groups like yours, working with individuals, etc., so we are following CD2’s lead," Bartz said. "As far as much more advanced notice on the closure, part of it is that it is not an easy decision to make and there are many factors that go into it… Sometimes something like this it’s not easy to see that it’s going to happen that far in advance."

Krekorian spoke at the Studio City Neighborhood Council's meeting in January and discussed multiple topics, including the Coldwater closure. (See the attached video of some of his remarks.)

"There is no way to complete this project without the closure of Coldwater Canyon... I don't want to candy-coat it, it will be a real inconvenience," Krekorian said.

Bartz told the Sherman Oaks council that other options were considered, but that keeping Coldwater open to public traffic during construction would extend the project by about another month and would create potential safety hazards for the construction crew.

Among the details Bartz provided about closure were:

  • The trunk line being replaced is 98 years old and 60 inches in diameter
  • One lane would remain open at all times for emergency access
  • Roughly 270 local residents will be directly impacted by the closure but will be given special coded access passes
  • The closure area will be staffed by Dept. of Transportation traffic officers and DWP security officers to deal with traffic and local access
  • Coldwater will have one lane northbound and one lane southbound open outside of working hours

Harvard-Westlake School is located on Coldwater in the closure area, but parents and students can get close to the entrance on Coldwater by using side streets.

“We are making arrangements so that the school is impacted as little as possible,” Geoffrey Yazzetta, a field deputy for Krekorian's office, told the Studio City Neighborhood Council.

For information about the project, visit the LADWP's web page dedicated to the construction by clicking here.

 

-- Studio City Patch Editor Mike Szymanski contributed to this story

Jen February 15, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Is the 8:30-7:00 closures Monday-Friday, or weekends included?
Craig Clough (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Hi Jen, Monday through Saturday, on Sundays the crew will be off and the lanes will be open.
Maggie Truitt February 15, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I live off of Avenida Del Sol and the only entrance/exit to my street and house is Coldwater Canyon which falls in that path. What does that mean for me?
Craig Clough (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Hi Maggie, it sounds like you will need a special access pass. LADWP said it will be contacting every resident along Coldwater directly impacted by the closure, so you should be receiving some information soon. In the meantime, I would encourage you to reach out to Krekorian's office.
Asaf February 15, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Very stupid move by the council. Why not delay it to july when school is not in session and there it's less traffic overall?
Mrs. Googleson February 16, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Yes, why not plan this for summer, when the lack of school traffic will lighten the flow significantly?
Michael Riley February 16, 2013 at 06:22 AM
Why not work on Sat and Sunday which should cut down this project by one week. And furthermore are there plans to work on Laurel cyn. AND Benedict cyn. at the same time since that is normaly what happens
John February 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Overtime pay.
Jennifer Niman February 17, 2013 at 03:20 PM
@ Michael Riley - I'm laughing as I read your post but I realize how right you are, Leave it to the geniuses in LA to be working on the other canyons or the 405 at the same time! Can't wait!
Harold Alexander February 18, 2013 at 03:51 AM
This is ridiculous garbage!!!! I'm so tired of this crap. Already for almost a year this has been going on, with construction. You losers are ruining people's careers because it takes us an hour and thirty minutes to drive from Sherman Oaks to Beverly Hills where many of us work. Street construction should only be done from 10pm-5am. The most idiotic time this can possiblly be done is Mon-Friday 9am-5pm..... Are you people stupid???? Krekorian will never be re-elected after this disaster. Get a clue!!! You politicians are where you are because we elected you and that will be the last time you are elected Mr. Krekorian. We need to get to work every day and you are preventing us from getting there in a reasonable amount of time with zero benefit to anyone that we can notice. This should be criminal to do construction on a road on Mon-Friday 9-5.....
Autumn February 18, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Harold is totally right. Last June my Company transferred me to Carson and the option i was given was either take it or leave itI So without much choice i drive from Sherman Oaks to Carson Monday - Friday, approx 2 hours each way (not to mention holidays) and it is an awful experience. There is no excuse for the 45 minutes it takes to get from the Woodman on ramp to Sunset. Whoever planened this has failed miserably- shame on them. You owe me an apology for altering any work/life balance family life I had prior to this
Tdrubin February 18, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Construction has been going on in this area for years with no end in sight - note that the article doesn't state when the work on Coldwater Canyon will be totally completed. The disruption has been seemingly endless. Very few small crews and very few people actually working. Those present generally seem to be standing around not doing much of anything. The city's total disregard for those living in the area and those commuting on Coldwater is remarkable. How about bigger crews? How about more information to those impacted? How about putting someone in charge who knows how to get a job done?
Colin February 18, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Krekorian is a clown... He's simply keeping his hand in the coffers to pad his pockets but is completely impotent when asked to do anything for his constituents. Can't wait for this crook to have his term end!
Wendy Mollett February 19, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I live blocks from the intersection of Coldwater and Ventura Blvd and make the drive every weekday to Sunset and it is astonishing how the majority of the DWP "workers" are standing around doing zip every time I drive by, and I do mean every time! The one guy for sure doing something is simply holding a Slow sign. I agree with my above neighbors that this impending schedule should be re- thought to be done at non peak hours and weekends and get enough people with direction to shorten the misery. How about when we had the big earthquake and when given a deadline and bonus if met prior, the job was done ahead of the time! This has already been dragged out beyond, beyond.
Wendy Mollett February 19, 2013 at 03:15 AM
P.S. why on earth ware we not given advance warning?? All those electronic signs and not one peep about this
Edward Lozzi February 19, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Moronic decision to let these construction crews work from 9 to 5PM....This should be night time as is the 405- the cost to workers, businesses, is immense and much more tan the overtime paid to the few workers this scam project utilizes.
Edward Lozzi February 19, 2013 at 04:33 AM
I am not clear. Did you state that there will be 2 way traffic every night after 7PM to 8:30AM......Doesn't make sense. I live on Mullholland Drive --lot's of descicins...I can travel on Coldwater before 8:30AM?????
Shoes 4 Industry February 19, 2013 at 04:45 AM
The United States defeated Hiltler and won World War II in less time than has been spent on this single construction project.
Autumn February 19, 2013 at 09:18 AM
So from what I understand some "person" made the decision to remodel the 405 and Coldwater Cyn without considering the impact on all those who commute. What I dont understand is that we are paying for this construction with our taxes as well as personal time. Those people working on the freeway and the one's making the decisions are our employees. Last time I checked we are am at-will state. I think we need to demand they work around the hours convenient for us who pay taxes, sorry more like robbed each pay period
Jill February 19, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I'm at Coldwater and Mulholland and drive into the Valley most week days. I leave before 8:30 am, so that should be okay. I also have a lot of friends that go over Coldwater and into Beverly Hills for work... their drive will now be 2 hours getting home, when it should be 30 mintues! I have to agree with what is shared above... I don't really see anyone working on Coldwater that much... except for the person holding the sign. This work should be moving at a faster pace: bigger crews and done at night. It seems our tax dollars are not being used well! Coldwater has become a parking lot for big equipment.
Wendy Mollett February 19, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I think we should all write to Krekorian and ask him to look at all of these posts, as they have numerous good suggestions on how to ease the pain, mostly due to the horrendous timing. Yes, the evening drive will be a huge nightmare because those that normally use Coldwater will have to use alternate routes, meaning all the other canyon routes will be overloaded. Overflow might even mean some using the 405, which is already a miserable ride thanks to construction. Working weekends and non-peak hours may take longer and cost more, but to what expense considering all of us this affects?
Tdrubin February 20, 2013 at 01:24 AM
The only thing that should be "flagged as inappropriate" is the speech by Kerkorian. Instead of asking the tough questions of the city bureaucracy, like why the Coldwater Canyon project has disrupted a central thoroughfare of the city for years on end, that now we learn will be totally shut down for a freakin' month. What this city needs is leadership with a backbone and a brain and not just another empty suit telling us good luck getting around the city now that they've created another poorly scheduled mess.
leanne wright bassal February 21, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I think we should have another meeting and suggest working on Sundays. This impacts many people and not to be taken lightly AND YES- can we co ordinate that the other canyons and NOT under construction during the same same time frame
leanne wright bassal February 21, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Can we ask for a meeting? I live behind Harvard Westlake and will get my neighborhood watch group on board... the trunk need to be replaced, but not without notice to the thousands of commuters that drive CWC every day.. and without any kind of consideration for them and their families as well.
edm, studio city February 26, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I'm curious about the rest of the Studio City trunk line projects. Moorpark, between Coldwater & Whitsett, was supposed to be started in 2011... today the city is tearing up the painted lines in the center of the street, but no information anywhere about that construction's start date. Wonder if they'll repave Coldwater AGAIN between Venture & Mulholland - it's the only stretch of canyon road that's nicely paved.
edm, studio city February 26, 2013 at 06:37 PM
but yes, closure of Coldwater for a month-plus (whatever "28 working days" means) will be a huge pain and it's totally ridiculous they can't work at night.
Cynthia February 27, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I agree with everyone on the forum. This project has been mismanaged and is taking much longer than it should. Shame on our government.
Maria March 17, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I hate that closed because I work by that area do
Maria March 17, 2013 at 05:23 AM
I hope they payment the all months that I going to miss at work
Michael Bryant April 17, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Maria, Is this really about you? What do you expect? Do you think the 99 year old pipe will make a decision not to erupt and cause immeasurable damage because you are inconvenienced? Feel lucky that you live in a country that fixes itself. The canyon is half full.

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