|LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and LA Bureau of Street Services announce Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Halkirk Street and Moorpark Street in Studio City was reopened to traffic today, after a week of round-the-clock repair work. A major thoroughfare between the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles’ west side, Coldwater Canyon Avenue had been closed in two sections: south of Ventura Boulevard to Halkirk Street and north of Ventura Boulevard to Moorpark Street. Repaired and repaved, both sections were simultaneously reopened to all traffic today at 8:00 p.m.
South of Ventura Boulevard: The Trunkline Rupture Site
After working 24 hours a day to return the trunkline to service on Tuesday afternoon, LADWP crews worked to backfill the street blowout and create optimal compaction for surface repairs. On Thursday, crews from the Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services began repaving work and finished lane striping this afternoon.
North of Ventura Boulevard: The Coldwater Canyon Avenue Bridge
According to Public Works Bureau of Engineering, inspections of the Coldwater Canyon Avenue bridge over the Los Angeles River determined that although there was minor erosion of the soil supporting the southern approach to the bridge, there was no stuctural weakening of the bridge itself. Street Services crews made swift repairs, installing lengths of new curb, a new gutter and also reconstructing a section of sidewalk that had to be removed in order to conduct the safety inspection. Final work and lane restriping were completed this afternoon.
Local Businesses Open for Customers
With the complete closure of Coldwater Canyon Avenue over the past week, local businesses lost a major artery to the area. Patrons are encouraged to turn out and support local businesses in the area, including numerous retailers and restaurants located near the intersection of Coldwater Canyon and Ventura – all of whom are open for business. Many of these businesses offer additional parking behind their buildings in addition to the street parking available along Ventura Boulevard.
Claims Information for Area Residents and Businesses
Area residents, businesses and those impacted by the trunkline rupture who need information, including claims forms, are asked to contact LADWP directly. Please call 213-367-4600 or 1-800-DIAL DWP and ask to be routed to claims personnel. Claims forms are also available for download at www.ladwpnews.com under the Hot Topics section.