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California Incline to Open in Time for Labor Day
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By Lookout Staff

August 4, 2016 -- Closed since April 2015, Santa Monica's California Incline, which has been newly rebuilt, is scheduled to reopen on Friday, September 2 in time for the Labor Day holiday weekend, City officials announced last week.

The $20 million replacement project brings the structure -- which extends some 1,400 feet from the intersection of Ocean and California avenues at the top of the Palisades bluffs to PCH at the base -- into compliance with current earthquake safety codes.

It also replaces the old 750-foot-long bridge, which appears in iconic images of Santa Monica, with a wider bridge that includes an improved bike path and widened sidewalks. The Incline was last renovated in 1930.

"The City originally planned to open the new structure to motorists and pedestrians prior to the Memorial Day weekend," City officials said in a statement Friday.

"However, the addition of the Idaho Trail Pedestrian Overcrossing to the CA Incline reconstruction project stretched the schedule to late summer."

The Incline handled 15,000 vehicles a day, and its closure required an elaborate plan that forced detours, prolonging driving times in the heavily congested Downtown area.

But fears of a traffic nightmare spurred by the closure, along with the nearby construction of the Expo light rail line and Colorado Esplanade, never materialized ("Major Construction Projects in Downtown Santa Monica Nearing Completion," March 24, 2016).

The federal Highway Bridge Program funded nearly 90 percent of the California Incline reconstruction project, City officials have said.

A date for a ribbon cutting and community celebration will be announced in the coming weeks, officials said.

Project updates are available at For questions about construction, call (888) 303-6026.

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