For the third year, the City of Santa Monica is asking drivers to “Go With the Flow” in an effort to manage the anticipated influx of people into Downtown Santa Monica during the busy summer weekends and holidays.
“Go With the Flow” is a traffic management program that aims to keep cars moving while making access to parking easier in Downtown Santa Monica.
Traffic changes will kick off Memorial Day weekend and continue through Labor Day. Every weekend and holiday will be a designated “Go with the Flow” day. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., traffic officers and other City staff will direct traffic to get vehicles in-and-out of parking structures, relieve crowded intersections, and keep intersections clear of gridlock.
The reduction of left turns will also be a key factor in traffic reduction. Left turns in or out of parking structures will not be allowed in the Downtown area. This will reduce backups entering and exiting structures, and keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Signs will be placed at major routes in town notifying drivers which lots have available spaces. For drivers headed to the beach or pier, additional signs will direct drivers to the South Beach lots instead of the Downtown lots.