**The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power issued the following traffic advisory for the construction work taking place around the Silver Lake Reservoir. Although the work is taking place in the neighboring 4th Council District, CD13 constituents might be affected by detours and delays.
Changes in state and federal drinking water quality regulations required Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs to be taken out of service and disconnected from the Los Angeles’ drinking water distribution system. The drinking water storage previously provided by these reservoirs is being replaced by Headworks Reservoir, located near Griffith Park. The new bypass pipeline will connect Headworks Reservoir to the rest of the City’s water distribution system to continue to safely and reliably deliver water to the eastern and southern areas of the City of Los Angeles. Once the project is completed, Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs will be refilled, but will no longer be part of the Los Angeles’ drinking water system.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE/TRAFFIC ADVISORY
Construction on West Silver Lake Drive from Hawick Street to Armstrong Avenue will begin on Monday, March 23. This portion of the project, identified as Work Areas 1 & 2, is expected to be completed in 8 to 10 months.
Typical construction hours are Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work hours may be extended to 8 p.m. as needed. Some Saturday work may be required.
Traffic will be limited to one northbound lane on West Silver Lake Drive from Hawick Street to Armstrong Avenue. Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Armstrong Avenue to Silver Lake Boulevard. Traffic officers will be on-site to assist vehicles through the area as the new traffic plan is implemented. No street parking allowed. Access to homes and driveways will be maintained.
A pedestrian detour will be provided to maintain a continuous path around the reservoir complex. During this construction, Ivanhoe Reservoir will be drained and the shade balls removed. Ivanhoe Reservoir will be partially refilled during the remainder of the construction.
Two-way traffic and street parking will be restored once the street portion of construction (Work Areas 1 & 2) are completed.
Work inside the reservoir property (Work Area 3) is expected to begin Fall 2015.
More information at www.ladwp.com/slrcbypass