Coldwater Canyon Construction

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

LADWP has informed the school that the closure of Coldwater Canyon will end on April 24. There will still be construction in the area, but there will be one lane open each way. Students who drive to school, parents, faculty and staff will not need to use their placards to gain entrance to the road. Construction delays could still occur, so please give yourself extra time and obey all traffic personnel. Thank you for your patience during the most recent construction period.


Friday, March 22, 2013

The school has received more information on the closure of Coldwater Canyon (March 23-April 25, 2013). 

Please remember the construction times: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

1. During the construction hours, traffic will not be permitted to travel southbound on Coldwater across Ventura Boulevard. If you will be traveling in that direction toward HW, please make a left onto Ventura (you will be permitted to do so) and then a right onto Alcove Ave. (the first street past Ralphs) and then a right onto Halkirk Street. You will then show your pass at the barricade and make a left onto Coldwater. You will go back to Ventura the same way when you leave. If you are accessing the school from Ventura Blvd., you will also turn on Alcove Ave.

2. Despite the double-yellow line, LADWP has informed us that, during construction hours, you will be able to make a left turn into the north (track side) entrance to campus. During non-construction hours, you must drive past the north entrance and make a U-turn at the main gate. If you choose to turn left into the north entrance during non-construction hours, you are doing so at your own risk, and you may be ticketed by the LAPD.

3. Great news! You will be able to access the school from Mulholland during construction hours if you have a placard. However, when you leave campus during the construction hours, you will only be able to make a right turn onto Coldwater.

4. Guests coming to campus for meetings, sporting events, etc., who do not have a pass will be allowed access to campus after telling the person at the barricade where they are going.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Coldwater Canyon will be closed for construction from Mulholland Drive to Ventura Boulevard for 28 days starting March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This construction is part of the LADWP water-pipe replacement project.

Students who drive to school, parents, faculty and staff will receive placards allowing them to access Coldwater Canyon during the closure, Head of Campus Operations J.D. DeMatte said.

Click here to read the full story from the Chronicle. If you are a parent or student and have not received a placard, please contact Jill Shaw at jshaw@hw.com.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

As of today, the main entrance to Harvard-Westlake is open! Please continue to allow extra time to get to campus--the Coldwater Canyon pipeline project is still underway, and there will be delays during the school day. Thank you for your patience!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thank you for your patience as the City continues its major construction project in front of our campus – installing a five-foot diameter pipeline under Coldwater Canyon.

Currently, during peak hours, northbound traffic from Mulholland is allowed into our main entrance and traffic is allowed out of our main entrance in both directions. However, this procedure may change without warning, so please use caution and be alert for changes.

To avoid turning around in the event the main entrance is closed, all traffic can turn into Hacienda and make a left into campus. 

Thank you again for your support and your patience. If you have any questions, please email Director of Communications Jill Shaw.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

While the City continues its major construction project in front of our campus – a five-foot diameter pipeline being installed under Coldwater – here are some parking/driving guidelines and suggestions for anyone commuting to the upper school campus.  We will, of course, continue to apprise you of relevant developments as they occur.

 

**Parking is prohibited on Coldwater Canyon Avenue and in neighborhoods adjacent to campus.  Students who do not have an assigned parking space on campus should not drive to school.

 
**Carpool with other families whenever possible. 


**Students should arrive to school early. Buildings are open and some faculty are on campus as early at 7:00 a.m.  

Please adhere to the drop-off and pick-up procedures described and illustrated below to keep on-campus traffic flowing smoothly.  School administrators and security personnel will help guide traffic at both campus entrances in the morning and afternoon.

 

 

Student Drop-Off and Student Drivers
(Click Links for campus maps)

 

Traveling North from Mulholland

Drop students off at the School’s north entrance or enter the main entrance (at the traffic signal) and loop around Hamilton Gym to drop them off on the sidewalk adjacent to the senior parking lot.

 

Traveling South from Ventura

Drop students off at the School’s north entrance or enter the Hacienda Drive entrance (no left-hand turns are permitted into the main drive) and loop around Hamilton Gym to drop them off on the sidewalk adjacent to the senior parking lot.

 

Exiting Campus

Use the main exit (right turn only), or loop around Hamilton Gym and out at Hacienda (to make a left turn).

 

Students with an assigned parking space will enter campus as indicated above and park in their assigned spaces. 

 

All students who are assigned to park on the Upper School campus will be required to display their parking permit or risk being denied parking privileges on school property.   

 

Thank you in advance for your support and your patience. If you have any questions, please email Director of Communications Jill Shaw atjshaw@hw.com


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

As of this morning, the main entrance to the upper school campus has been closed. According to LADWP, the entrance will remain closed until August 31.

If you are traveling southbound on Coldwater, you will not be able to make a left into the driveway (which has been the case for a couple of weeks). Continue on to the next left, which is Hacienda Drive, and make a left into the school driveway.

If you are traveling northbound on Coldwater, you will not be able to make a right into the driveway. Turn right on the street before campus, which is Hacienda Drive, and make a left into the school driveway. There will be security personnel there to assist you during the morning commute.

You will need to exit campus via the last left off the driveway before the main gate, which will take you back out to Hacienda.

LADWP has informed us that the main entrance will be open for Commencement on June 8.We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Beginning Monday, May 14, DWP will be working on the section of Coldwater directly in front of the Harvard-Westlake main driveway. If you are traveling southbound on Coldwater, you will not be able to make a left into the driveway. Continue on to the next left, which is Hacienda Drive, and make a left into that driveway and another left into the school. There will be security personnel there to assist you. If you are traveling northbound on Coldwater, you will be able to make a right into the main driveway. You will be able to exit the driveway as usual. 

On Tuesday, May 15, only, there will be one exit lane out of the main entrance onto Coldwater.  We will have multiple cement trucks coming to the pool site to pour concrete that day.  This will add to the congestion on Coldwater AND on the US campus.  

LADWP crews will intermittently reduce Coldwater Canyon Avenue to one lane of traffic in an area just south of Ventura Boulevard, beginning on May 16 and lasting until approximately March 2013. During the hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and occasionally on Saturday, flaggers will be on site to coordinate traffic along Coldwater Canyon Avenue, between Halkirk Avenue and Avenida del Sol Drive, allowing one direction of traffic to pass at a time.  Each day, after work is completed, LADWP crews will restore Coldwater Canyon Avenue to two lanes of traffic with a single lane in each direction.  

As always, thank you for your patience and cooperation!


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

An LADWP Trunk Line Construction Crew is currently working on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, between Dickens Street and Van Noord Avenue.  An additional work zone will be established on Wednesday, May 16, between Van Noord Avenue and Hacienda Drive, south of the existing work zone. Part of this work zone is in front of both entrances to Harvard-Westlake. Construction in this location is expected to be completed in October 2012. 

Starting on May 15, 2012 through March 2013, heavy flagging will occur on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and occasionally on Saturday. Motorists will encounter delays when traveling on Coldwater Canyon Avenue.  Please allow extra time for traveling to and from school.

According to LADWP, the project is 14.3% complete and is anticipated to be completed in September 2015.

Construction hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For a map of the area, click here.

As always, thank you for your cooperation and patience.

 

Friday, December 9, 2011


Coldwater Canyon to be Reduced to One Lane; Additional Delays Expected


We have been notified by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) that heavy construction on Coldwater Canyon Avenue will begin Monday, December 19 through Friday, December 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In order for this construction to take place, Coldwater Canyon will be reduced to one lane in both directions.
   

The construction will involve a heavy flagging operation, stopping traffic in one direction to allow traffic from the other direction to pass, which may cause delays.  The LADWP is advising motorists to use alternate routes during this time.  Since the entrances to Harvard-Westlake Upper School can only be accessed via Coldwater Canyon Avenue, please be aware of this possible delay.

It is likely that this construction will not be completed by December 30 and will carry over into January when we return from winter break.  Please allow extra time for traveling to and from school during and after winter break.  Updates will be posted here as soon as we receive them.

As always, thank you for your cooperation and patience.



Monday, October 3, 2011

We recently received the following update from LADWP:

An LADWP Trunk Line Construction Crew is working on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, between Dickens Street and Van Noord Avenue.  LADWP crew completed installing the 60-inch pipe crossing the Harvard Westlake High School north driveway.  Once the pipe in front of the north driveway is backfilled and paved, LADWP crew will concentrate effort to construct the pipeline at the north end of the work zone near Dickens Street. This work zone is expected to be completed in February 2012.  Once completed, LADWP crews will move south to the next work zone between Van Noord Avenue and Hacienda Drive.

 


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Parking at Harvard-Westlake Homecoming: Saturday, October 1

 

Even though we are dealing with DWP work on Coldwater Canyon this year, we are working to provide as much parking as we can.  

When you arrive on campus, please pay attention to the Harvard-Westlake security personnel, who will be directing traffic. If you park in the nearby neighborhoods, there will be CJL shuttles driving around the area to help get you to campus. If you require special parking due to limited mobility, please drive onto campus and tell the nearest security staff member.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The following message was excerpted from an email that was sent by Head of Harvard-Westlake Jeanne Huybrechts this morning.

 

Right now I want to give early notification – especially to parents of upper school students – of parking and traffic challenges we anticipate this year on our Coldwater Canyon campus, challenges brought on at least partly because of the wonderful improvements we are making on that campus and for our students.

During the next year we will be renovating Mudd Library, building the set of classrooms that will become the Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research, and replacing our swimming pool with a 50-meter state-of-the-art swim stadium. Construction began this summer; as you enter campus you will immediately see signs of great progress. You’ll also see a few blocked parking places and some narrowed pathways.  Upper school traffic flow will be further impeded by the City’s major construction project in front of campus – a five-foot diameter pipeline being installed under Coldwater directly adjacent to campus.  Where there were once four lanes on Coldwater, now there are two.
Here are some parking/driving guidelines and suggestions for anyone commuting to the upper school campus this year.  We will, of course, continue to apprise you of developments throughout the year.

  • Parking is strictly prohibited on Coldwater Canyon Ave. and in neighborhoods adjacent to campus.  Students who do not have an assigned parking space on campus should not drive to school.
  • On most of our upper school bus routes, there are still seats available on buses.  For more information, contact Patti Snodgrass at .
  • Whenever practicable, carpool with other HW families.  
  • If possible, students should arrive to school early.  Buildings are open and some faculty are on campus as early at 7:00 a.m. 
  • Hoping to keep on-campus traffic flowing smoothly and to get students to classes and to their after-school appointments on time, we have developed a new set of drop-off and pick-up procedures.  They are described below and accompanied by a map.  There is much to remember here, so know that during the first few weeks of school, school administrators and security personnel will help guide traffic at both campus entrances in the morning and afternoon.

Our temporary inconvenience will be rewarded with significant campus improvements including a new academic program, new classrooms, a beautiful library, a spectacular aquatics facility – and a 21st Century water pipe under Coldwater Canyon.  We have much to be grateful for.

Thank you in advance for your support and your patience.

Morning Arrival Student Drop-Off and Student Drivers
(Refer to the campus map below)

Parents traveling northbound from Mulholland Drive will drop off students either at the School’s north entrance or by entering the main entrance (at the traffic signal) and then looping around Hamilton Gym and dropping off along the sidewalk adjacent to the senior parking lot.  

Parents traveling southbound from Ventura Blvd. will enter the main entrance (at the traffic signal) and then loop around Hamilton Gym and drop off students at the sidewalk adjacent to the senior parking lot.  

Senior Class students who have an assigned parking space will enter the main entrance, loop around Hamilton Gym and park in their assigned spaces.  Those who are assigned to spaces not in the senior lot or in front of Taper Gym should park in their space as they get to it.  

Junior Class students who are assigned to Hamilton Gym spaces or St. Michael’s parking will turn onto Hacienda Drive, just south of the school’s main entrance and then turn left or right into their assigned parking area.  
All students who are assigned to park on the Upper School campus will be required to properly display their parking permit or risk being denied parking privileges on school property.  

Afternoon Departure Student Pick-Up and Student Drivers
(Refer to the map below)
 

At the end of the school day, parents should follow the same guidelines as above regarding entering the Upper School campus for student pick-up.  Campus Security and/or school staff members will be at entrances/exits to direct traffic. 

To keep traffic flowing, we’re asking parents to refrain from parking in assigned parking spaces and to remain with their vehicles while waiting for their children.





 
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Left turns are now permitted onto Ventura Boulevard from northbound Coldwater Canyon.

The intersection of Halkirk Street and Coldwater Canyon is closed. 

Left turns are not permitted onto Dickens Street from Coldwater Canyon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The restriping of Coldwater has begun. No left turns are permitted exiting the north Harvard-Westlake driveway. No left turns are permitted at Ventura Boulevard heading north on Coldwater (at least at this time). We will continue to keep you updated!

 


Thursday, May 26, 2011


We received the following update today from LADWP:

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be constructing the City Trunk Line South Unit 5 (CTLSU5), one of six units, as part of the capital improvement program to replace the existing City Trunk Line on Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Roscoe Boulevard and the Franklin Reservoir. Construction on CTLSU5 is expected to begin on June 1, 2011 and end in late 2015.  

Trunk Line Construction crews will be mobilizing into the first work zone on Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Dickens Street and Van Noord Avenue on June 1, 2011, the start of construction. Work in this work zone is scheduled to be completed at the end of December 2011.  Once completed, LADWP crews will move to the next work zone between Van Noord Avenue and Hacienda Drive.  

For more information, please reference the attached work area drawing and the following web page:   http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp013128.jsp.  

As common with any large construction project, work will be noisy and dusty at times. We will try to keep both to a minimum.  


Monday, May 23, 2011

 

From Jeanne Huybrechts, Head of Harvard-Westlake:

Beginning today, and continuing until 2015, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be replacing a 100-year-old water pipe system under Coldwater Canyon.  

Construction on the section of Coldwater Canyon that borders our campus will likely continue through the end of this calendar year and require closure of some lanes and special routing into our school driveways. 

To keep the entire HW community apprised of project developments, including potential lane closures and modifications to student pick-up/drop-off patterns, we have created this “Construction Update” page on the School’s website;  we will post all updates here as we receive them.

For more information now about the Coldwater construction project, click here to read a recent article from the Chronicle Online.