CITY TRUNKLINE REPAIRS ON COLDWATER CANYON AVENUE COMPLETE
DEPARTMENT WORKING TO PUT WATER MAIN BACK INTO SERVICE
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) reports substantial progress on the 62-inch City Trunkline which ruptured under Coldwater Canyon Avenue just south of Ventura Boulevard late Saturday night. Working overnight for the third day in a row, LADWP crews completed all repair work to the massive steel-riveted pipe early this morning. Pressure tests to check for ancillary leaks have confirmed the repaired line’s integrity and water is currently being pushed through the pipe at increasing levels of pressure. Once full pressure has been reached, the main will be put back into full service, which is expected to happen today.
Water quality tests have confirmed the chlorination process for the line that began last night was successful and the LADWP’s high water quality standards have been met. At no time during the incident were there any adverse impacts to water quality although some customers may have experienced mild turbidity.
No customers are currently without water service due to the trunkline rupture or any of the subsequent repairs.
After the line has been restored to service, crews will begin backfilling the street blowout with compacted sand and crushed rock. The backfill material will fill in spaces in the dry fill that is currently present, creating the ideal compaction necessary for street repairs to begin. The backfill process will require up to two days for placement and proper compaction and testing. Thereafter, when LADWP’s portion of the fill work and stabilization is complete, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services will begin repaving work.
At this time, it is not possible to estimate when street repair work will be complete and Coldwater Canyon Avenue will be reopened. The media and public will be updated as work continues and a better estimate of completion is known.
Information for Affected Residents and Businesses
A public information site staffed by LADWP claims personnel as well as a representative from LADOT was established today at 1:00 p.m. at the southeast corner of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Ventura Boulevard for area residents, businesses and anyone impacted by the trunkline rupture to visit and receive information on repair work, local traffic impacts and claims forms. Anyone seeking additional information, including claims forms, can visit www.ladwpnews.com or call toll-free to 1-800-DIAL DWP and ask to be routed to claims personnel.
Coldwater Canyon Avenue Traffic Detour Information For Tuesday, September 8:
All area commuters should avoid using Coldwater Canyon Avenue, between Mulholland Dr. and Ventura Blvd. due to Coldwater Canyon road closure between Halkirk Street and Ventura Blvd in both directions. Coldwater Canyon is also closed Southbound direction between Moorpark St. and Ventura Blvd. Northbound lanes on Coldwater Canyon between Moorpark St. and Ventura Blvd remain open for residents and businesses only.
Detour signs are posted prominently and traffic officers will be posted at the following intersections on Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM:
Moorpark Street and Coldwater Canyon Avenue
Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue
Ventura Boulevard and Alcove Avenue
Halkirk Street and Coldwater Canyon Avenue
For local traffic conditions residents and commuters can check real-time traffic information at http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/. Media can call the LADOT 24-hour Communications Center at 213 485-4184 and speak with an operator.
Up-to-date news and information can be found online at www.ladwpnews.com and at www.ladwpneighborhoodnews.com.