Santa Monica Lookout
|Part of I-10 Westbound in Santa Monica to be Temporarily Closed||
By Niki Cervantes
November 30, 2016 -- An already teeth-grindingly busy section of the I-10 freeway in Santa Monica will soon close on a temporary basis for sign replacement, City officials announced this week.
The closures from December 5 through December 7 will avert all rush hours by starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m., the City of Santa Monica announced.
The shutdown stretches between the Cloverfield Boulevard off-ramp and the Lincoln Boulevard on-ramp, and includes the 20th Street on-ramp, officials said.
Drivers will be re-routed off and back onto the freeway during the closures.
Electronic signage and California Highway Patrol officers will direct westbound motorists to exit the freeway at Cloverfield Boulevard and detour on Olympic Boulevard to the Lincoln Boulevard on-ramp.
Additional traffic control measures will be in place to ensure the safety of motorists and workers, City officials said.
An estimated average of 187,000 vehicles jam the I-10 in the vicinity of Cloverfield daily, according to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Caltrans uses counts taken in 2104.
Caltrans and Santa Monica City officials hope that improving signage will ease some of the congestion caused by driver confusion on both the freeway and one of he City's major streets.
Currently, the signs along I-10 in the area of Cloverfield 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 wrote in the report.
The closure is needed to hoist large signage over travel lanes, officials said.
More weeknight closures could occur before the Christmas holiday, but information is not yet available. Updates will be posted at www.smgov.net/kbug and on Twitter using #KBUG.
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