WESTWOOD—A new Los Angeles Department of Water and Power project will affect traffic for residents in Westwood near Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue.

The $9 million project, referred to by the LADWP as the “Charing Cross and Hilgard Bypass Line,” was made necessary by changes to drinking water quality regulations. According to the LADWP, these regulations now require open-air reservoirs to be “covered, bypassed, or removed from service.”

One such open-air reservoir, Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir, located in the Beverly Glen area, currently services the UCLA campus and surrounding communities. To comply with the updated regulations, a floating cover will be installed on the reservoir. In the meantime, to ensure continued water delivery to the affected communities, the LADWP will install “approximately 385 feet of 26-inch diameter water pipeline at Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue,” connecting the area to existing infrastructure.

The project will have three phases, and is projected to be completed in January 2016.

Phase 1, which is scheduled from June 15 to August 15, will primarily affect Sunset Boulevard. Construction crews will work 7 a.m to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, with “occasional work until 9 p.m.” There will be no turning onto Hilgard from Sunset in either direction while Phase 1 is underway.

Once Phase 1 is complete, construction will move from Sunset to Hilgard.

During Phase 2, which is projected to last from August to September, Hilgard will be reduced to one lane traffic in each direction between Sunset and Comstock Avenue.

Phase 3 will affect Hilgard south of Charing Cross Road, and will cut Hilgard to one lane in either direction in the construction zone.

For more information about the project and associated Westwood traffic changes, including scheduled Metro bus detours visit the LADWP’s website.