October 19, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

California Incline In Santa Monica To Close Next Fall For Reconstruction:

If the arrival of the Expo Line would make it easier to get in and out of Santa Monica by 2016, the shutting down of the California Incline in 2013 will notably make it harder to enter and exit this coastal municipality.

Thanks to a seismic upgrade project unanimously approved July 10 by the City Council, both Santa Monica and the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) will tear down and rebuild the California Incline, a bridge connecting Pacific Coast Highway at nearly sea level to the intersection of Ocean and California Avenues atop the Palisades bluffs dozens of feet higher.

Once complete, the new structure will be “built to current seismic standards, will correct deficiencies in the bridge and make it safe for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian use,” City Hall stated.

“Its condition is poor and deteriorating beyond the capabilities of what routine maintenance can repair,” City staff said.

City Hall also stated that the construction project “qualifies for replacement under the Highway Bridge Program (HPB) and therefore 88.5 (percent) of the cost to rebuild can be paid for with federal rather than local funds.”

Construction is expected to begin in fall 2013 and continue for as least 12 months, but perhaps as long as 18 months.

According to staff, the project would cost more than $2.5 million to complete.

Though some suggested expedited construction to take place 24 hours per day, seven days per week, City staff also received competing concerns that late night construction would be too loud.

The municipal code limits the time when construction projects can take place within city limits. Specifically, work can only be done from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

However, staff recommended extending the construction times to foster an expedited construction period, falling short of all-day-everyday work.

“Balancing the goal of expediting the project with minimizing impacts to nearby residents, particularly during sleeping hours, staff proposes pursuing an after-hours work permit so that work can take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m.–9 p.m. on Saturday,” City staff said.

“This would allow two construction work shifts per day, six days per week (and) would expedite construction by roughly 25 percent above the option of working during standard City construction hours only and eliminate construction noise between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.,” the staff report continued.

During the construction period, alternate routes will exist. Most traffic would be rerouted onto Moomat Ahiko Way and nearby freeway onramps along the Santa Monica Freeway.

Also, signal lights along Ocean Avenue would be synchronized to more efficiently move north-south traffic.

Detours will frequently be advertised via “changeable message boards” and traffic officers will be assigned to the area on an as-needed basis.

Real time traffic cameras and monitors will also be used to keep track of traffic along the PCH and to inform drivers of real-time driving conditions and travel times.

Signal timing may be adjusted based upon traffic volume, thanks to traffic-monitoring cameras to be installed in Santa Monica Canyon.

About 1,400 feet in length, with a little more than half of it serving as a bridge, the California Incline is a graded road that serves as a key road connecting Santa Monica to local state beach and points due northwest, such as Malibu, Pacific Palisades, the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga, and Ventura County.

in News
Related Posts

Outgoing Santa Monica Police Chief Set to Receive Nearly $100K of Severance Pay

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Santa Monica City Council approves retirement agreement for outgoing chief Cynthia Renaud By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica’s outgoing police chief...

Intravenous Vitamin Therapy: A Natural, Effective Solution for the Flu

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

By Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi, ND and Dr. Matthew Cavaiola, ND  As fall and winter are fast approaching, many people, and...

Edify TV: Deal to House Homeless People Near Freeways

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

After months of negotiations, the City and County of LA reached a $300 million deal to house thousands of homeless...

Santa Monica’s Police Chief Retiring

October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

SMPD Cynthia Renaud announces retirement, to be replaced by former Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica has announced...

Virtual Staging Changing The Way We Sell Property?

October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Today on Westside Cribz, Chuck Lorre buys his neighbors home, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk selling his Santa...

O.C. Man Faces Federal Charges for Allegedly Setting SMPD Car on Fire

October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Nathan Wilson, 27, faces up to 20 years in prison An Irvine man was taken into federal custody this week...

Santa Monica Spa Owner Admits Price Gouging in Sale of Scarce N95 Masks

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Niki Schwarz, owner of Tikkun Holistic Spa, pleads guilty to federal charges A Santa Monica day spa owner was charged...

Council Challenger Earns Endorsement After Coming Out Against Controversial Project: Santa Monica Beat – October, 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Council Challenger Earns Endorsement After Coming Out Against Controversial Project *...

Edify TV: Penmar Golf Homeless Encampment Update

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

The City of Los Angeles has taken new action in an effort to deal with a homeless encampment along Penmar...

French Restaurant Reopens in Santa Monica After a Decade

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Le Petit Chez Mimi now open on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica By Kerry Slater A restaurant that was located...

Michelin Reverses Decision for California Guide

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Restaurant guide says COVID-19 and wildfires forced decision By Kerry Slater The Michelin Guide has paused the announcement of Stars,...

Santa Monica Bans Street Performers at Peak Times at Promenade and Pier

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

City suspends the issuance of permits for street performers at the Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Transit Mall By Sam...

Heat Advisory in Effect for Santa Monica

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Heat advisory in effect until 5 p.m. Friday By Sam Catanzaro The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared a heat...