California Incline Closes For Year Long Rehabilitation, Traffic Delays Expected

(FOX 11 / CNS) Just in time for summer, the fabled California Incline that connects Pacific Coast Highway and trendy downtown Santa Monica will close today so it can undergo a yearlong rehabilitation.

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The roughly $20 million project will completely demolish the existing 1,400-foot roadway, including the 750-foot-long bridge, which will be replaced with a wider, more earthquake-safe structure.

According to the city, the existing bridge includes an 8-foot concrete slab that is supported by concrete transverse beams. The replacement bridge will be supported by pilings and will be 5 feet 8 inches wider. It will also include bike lanes and a sidewalk.

The north and south ends of the incline will again have three traffic lanes, with traffic signals on each end. Federal funds are expected to cover nearly 90 percent of the project's cost, according to the city.

During the closure, which is expected to last 12 to 13 months, motorists can travel between PCH and Ocean Avenue using the Moomat Ahiko Way ramp just south of the Santa Monica Pier. Motorists can also take the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, which transitions into PCH.

From Mario Ramirez:

The $20 Million rehabilitation project along the California Incline is in full swing. The incline connects Pacific Coast Highway and trendy downtown Santa Monica.

The warning signs about the extra traffic on PCH are up as far as 25 miles away in Agoura Hills.

The year-long project will completely demolish the existing 1,400-foot roadway, including the 750-foot-long bridge. It will be replaced with a wider, more earthquake-safe structure. It will also include bike lanes and a sidewalk. The north and south ends of the incline will again have three traffic lanes, with traffic signals on each end.

The city says nearly 90 percent of the project's cost will be covered by federal funding.

During the closure motorists can travel between PCH and Ocean Avenue using the Moomat Ahiko Way ramp just south of the Santa Monica Pier or take the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, which leads to PCH.


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