Commuters were braced Monday for the first day of what could be a month-long headache as construction crews prepared to shut down Coldwater Canyon Avenue.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, the road over the Santa Monica Mountains will be closed daily as the Department of Water and Power begins the replacement of a 99-year-old water pipe under the 2.1-mile stretch.
The pipe under Coldwater Canyon ruptured four years ago and spilled 4 million gallons into the community, costing $7 million in damage.
The road between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive will be shut down from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays until April 25. One lane going each way will be open on Sundays.