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Today's Date: March 11, 2015

District:  Santa Monica       

Contact: Susan Cline, Acting Director of Public Works                           

Phone: 310-458-8221                                   



Two Key Santa Monica Projects to Begin
March 16, 2015 through May 2016
Colorado Avenue between 4th Street & Ocean Avenue and California Incline between Ocean Avenue & Pacific Coast Highway

Santa Monica – 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:

  • Southbound traffic on Pacific Coast Highway will be directed to the Moomat Ahiko Way off-ramp onto Ocean Avenue.

  • Westbound traffic coming from the I-10 will be directed to Lincoln Boulevard

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 www.smconstructs.org. Hotline numbers are available for each project:
Esplanade Hotline - (626) 344-4248
Incline Hotline - (888) 303-6026

For updates:
Facebook.com/SMConstructs. Twitter.com/SMConstructs or use hashtags #SMIncline and #SMEsplanade.

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