Urgent repair on key water pipeline to impact traffic in Beverly Hills

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Urgent repair on key water pipeline to impact traffic in Beverly Hills
April 8, 2024

Leak on Metropolitan’s Santa Monica Feeder requires partial lane closures on North Santa Monica Boulevard beginning overnight at 4 a.m.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Commuters and residents who use North Santa Monica Boulevard are urged to avoid or allow ample time to travel through a two-block portion of the throughfare as crews from the Metropolitan Water District urgently repair a leak in a major water pipeline beginning at 4 a.m. tomorrow, April 9. Water service to residences and businesses will not be impacted by the leak or construction activities.

Only one lane will be open in each direction on North Santa Monica Boulevard between Moreno Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, where Beverly Hills borders the city of Los Angeles, through at least Saturday, April 13, although repairs may extend beyond that timeline.

“We will work as quickly as possible to address this issue to protect the region’s water supplies, as well as public safety,” said Shane Chapman, Metropolitan assistant general manager of operations. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation during this urgent repair.”

The leak was discovered in Metropolitan’s Santa Monica Feeder, a 24-mile pipeline that delivers water to the cities of Glendale, Burbank, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Metropolitan crews will excavate to inspect the pipeline and immediately repair the leak. In addition to the traffic impacts, local residents and businesses may notice increased noise due to construction and excavation. For updates on the project, email [email protected]

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provides water for 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.