September 7, 2009
The trunkline is currently in the process of being chlorinated and pressurized with water to test the repair and check for any ancillary leaks. Throughout this testing, media and the public should be advised that water will be released from one fire hydrant at the east side of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Hacienda Place. Water will run into the gutter between the 3600 to 4300 blocks of Coldwater Canyon Ave. No loss of fire hydrant service or water pressure to hydrants will occur. After the line is tested and repair work completed, crews will continue excavation and backfilling work in order to ensure a stable foundation and base upon which to repave the surface street. 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 repair work will be complete and Coldwater Canyon will be reopened. It is expected that the street will remain closed at least through Tuesday. The media and public will be updated as work continues and a better estimate of completion is known.
Inspection crews have also identified potential impacts to the Coldwater Canyon Avenue Bridge over the Los Angeles River. A preliminary engineering inspection determined that the west
(Southbound) side of the bridge may have been destabilized. Southbound lanes on Coldwater Canyon have been closed, while northbound lanes remain open to repair crews and local traffic only. Further inspections will take place Tuesday and information will be updated as soon as it is available.
Assistance for Affected and Displaced Residents or Businesses
Residents of a nearby apartment building who were displaced from their homes and who needed housing assistance have been relocated to a nearby hotel. A DWP Public Affairs Representative has been appointed to receive requests from displaced residents and serve as a liaison. Claims personnel were in the field Sunday, today and will return tomorrow in order to make contact with all affected residents and businesses who experienced a loss. Claims forms can be accessed online at www.ladwpnews.com.
A public information site will also be established beginning Tuesday afternoon for area residents and anyone impacted by the trunkline rupture to visit and receive information on repair work, local traffic impacts and claims.
Coldwater Canyon Avenue Traffic Detour Information For Tuesday, September 8th:
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.
Detour signs are posted prominently and Traffic Officers will be posted at the following intersections on Tuesday from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM:
Moorepark St and Coldwater Canyon
Ventura Blvd and Coldwater Canyon
Ventura Blvd and Alcove Ave
Halkirk St and Coldwater Canyon.
For local traffic conditions residents and commuters can check Real-Time Traffic Information here: http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/
and speak with an operator.Up to date news and information can be found online at www.ladwpnews.com.