Coldwater Canyon Avenue Reopens Early After LADWP Work

"It's tested our patience, but I would say that the people of the valley have passed that test with flying colors," says councilman

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    File photo of a vehicle passing construction on Coldwater Canyon Avenue.

    A major traffic corridor between Studio City and Los Angeles' Westside reopened Tuesday evening two days ahead of schedule.

    "I'm very, very pleased to be able to announce that Coldwater Canyon is now opened to traffic," LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian said. "This has been a moment that people have been waiting for a long time."

    Since March 23, Coldwater Canyon Avenue -- which cuts through the Santa Monica Mountain Range between the 405 and 101 freeways -- was closed dayside Monday through Saturday between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive.

    Coldwater Canyon Closure to Test Commuters' Nerves

    [LA] Coldwater Canyon Closure to Test Commuters' Nerves
    The month-long closure of an important artery between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills is expected to clog other routes. But officials say it's necessary for a vital water delivery makeover. Angie Crouch reports from Studio City for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 22, 2013.

    Related: NBC4's Live Traffic Maps

    "This has been a challenge. It's tested our patience, but I would say that the people of the valley have passed that test with flying colors," said Krekorian, who represents a portion of the affected area.

    Traffic Snarls on Shuttered Coldwater Canyon

    [LA] Traffic Snarls on Shuttered Coldwater Canyon
    Traffic was snarled for weeks as a main route between the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles' Westside was closed for an underground pipe project. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Studio City for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 5, 2013.

    The shutdown was part of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power project to replace an aging pipeline critical to the utility's water-distribution system.

    Left-turn restrictions were scheduled to remain in place until June 1 for "minor work" just south of Ventura Boulevard, according to the LADWP.

    Commuters looking to avoid the area were advised to take Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Beverly Glen Boulevard, or the surrounding freeways.

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