Santa Monica Lookout
|Section of Freeway in Santa Monica to Close Again This Week||
By Lookout Staff
December 12, 2016 -- A busy section of the I-10 freeway in Santa Monica will be closed again nightly through at least Wednesday, City officials announced last week.
The stretch between the Cloverfield Boulevard off-ramp and the Lincoln Boulevard on-ramp, which includes the 20th Street on-ramp, will be closed on a temporary basis for sign replacement between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., officials said
"It is likely that the closure will continue on Thursday, December 15, and Friday, December 16, but the contractor is hoping to have the work completed Wednesday," City officials said in a statement.
The section was closed during the same hours last Monday through Wednesday.
During the closures, westbound motorists are being directed to exit the freeway at Cloverfield Boulevard and detour on Olympic Boulevard to the Lincoln Boulevard on-ramp.
Electronic signs and California Highway Patrol officers will help direct traffic to ease congestion and ensure motorists and workers are safe, City officials said.
According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) counts taken in 2104, some 187,000 vehicles jam the I-10 in the vicinity of Cloverfield daily.
The signs being replaced confuse motorists, who sometimes enter wrong lanes as they exit or enter the freeway, creating traffic congestion on both the I-10 and city streets, officials said.
The improved signage is intended to “prevent last minute weaving at ramps, improve lane assignments, and reduce congestion through efficient lane utilization,” City staff said.
The closure is needed to hoist large signage over travel lanes, officials said.
More weeknight closures could be needed to complete the work. Updates will be posted at www.smgov.net/kbug and on Twitter using #KBUG.
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