L.A. city officials plan to announce Thursday that Benedict Canyon Drive, a key artery connecting the Westside with Mulholland Drive, will experience partial closures over seven months due to a major water system infrastructure project.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power project will replace a mile of aging water pipeline to ensure reliability and increased capacity for the delivery of high quality drinking water to city residents, according to the office of Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz. The project will also install four new fire hydrants.

The partial closure will take place May 1 to Nov. 30 from Mulholland Drive to Hutton Drive between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on scheduled Saturdays. Benedict Canyon and Liebe Drive will be open to traffic outside of the closure hours.

Koretz and officials with the LADWP and the Los Angeles Fire Department plan to discuss the project during a morning news conference at a fire station on Mulholland Drive.

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