March 11, 2015
Susan Cline, Acting Director of Public Works
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Key Santa Monica Projects to Begin
When: March 16, 2015
through May 2016
Where: Colorado Avenue between 4th Street &
Ocean Avenue and California Incline between Ocean Avenue & Pacific Coast
The City of Santa Monica will begin construction of two key projects - the
Colorado Esplanade (in preparation for the Expo Light Rail opening in early
2016) and the long awaited reconstruction of the California Incline to meet
seismic standards. The city is carefully coordinating both projects
with the ongoing construction of the Expo Light Rail Line.
Road work on
4th Street for the new Downtown Santa Monica Metro Station will run from
March 16th through March 31, 2015. Once northbound lane on 4th Street,
between the I-10 Freeway and Colorado Avenue will be closed. In addition,
left turns from northbound 4th Street to westbound Colorado Avenue will be
prohibited for approximately three days from 9:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22nd
until late Wednesday, March 25th.
Construction of the Esplanade, along Colorado
Avenue from the new Expo Light Rail station at 4th Street to Ocean Avenue,
will begin on Monday, March 16th. Work is expected to be completed in a
year, in advance of Expo Light Rail service. On March 26th Colorado from 4th
Street to Ocean Avenue will permanently become one-way westbound. Eastbound
travel will be redirected to Broadway or the newly constructed Olympic
Drive. During construction, walkways will be maintained and there will be
access to all businesses that are in the work area. The Colorado Esplanade
will create a spectacular gateway linking Southern California's regional
rail system to Santa Monica's vibrant Downtown and Pier. A rich canopy of
shade trees, festival lighting and custom paving will create unique public
space with widened sidewalks for pedestrians, dedicated bicycle lanes and
improved vehicle circulation.
In late April, construction
will begin to replace the California Incline and it will be completely
closed in both directions throughout the one-year work period. The
California Incline was last renovated in 1930, and the existing structure
must be reconstructed to meet current seismic standards. During the closure,
travelers can utilize temporary detour routes, described below:
As a part of the Incline project, the stability of
the adjacent bluffs will be enhanced and 5.5 feet will be added to the width
of the bridge. In addition, there will be a 16-foot wide separated bicycle
and pedestrian walkway.
Know Before You Go!
Notices were mailed to residents and businesses
regarding the upcoming Colorado Esplanade work and other citywide mailer
will be sent 30-days prior to the closure of the Incline. Message board
signs will be deployed in advance of the closure, and more updates will be
available on smconstructs.org.
The City will also host weekly informational meetings
at the Ken Edwards Center located at 1527 4th Street, Room #106 beginning on
Thursday, March 12th from 5 pm to 7 pm. "Though we have key information
available online and through social media, we want to make sure that people
have the opportunity to learn about the projects, ask questions and voice
concerns in-person, directly to the team working on the Esplanade and
Incline projects," said Susan Cline, Acting Public Works Director. "We know
there will be inconveniences during the construction phase and we are
committed to working with the community to make the next year run as
smoothly as possible."
For more information about the Colorado Esplanade
Project and California Incline Reconstruction, visit
numbers are available for each project:
Esplanade Hotline - (626)
Incline Hotline - (888) 303-6026
Twitter.com/SMConstructs or use hashtags #SMIncline and #SMEsplanade.