Los Angeles city officials plan a little celebration Monday as a one-mile section of water pipeline in Benedict Canyon has been replaced, opening the key road two months ahead of schedule.

Traffic was blocked most days on the key route linking Beverly Hills to the San Fernando Valley since May 1, and the project was anticipated to take until Nov. 1.

Motorists had been warned that the road would be blocked off south of Mulholland Drive between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on some Saturdays.

About one mile of almost-60 year old water main along Benedict Canyon Boulevard has been replaced with a new steel pipe.

But the project is done now, two months early, according to city council member Paul Koretz and officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

City officials planned a news conference to announce the reopening of the road for 8 a.m. Monday, at the fire station at the corner of Mulholland Drive at Benedict Canyon Boulevard.

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