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Santa Monica’s California Incline One-Third Completed, Officials Say

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By Niki Cervantes
Staff Writer

September 24, 2015 -- Reconstruction of the iconic California Incline in Santa Monica reached a milestone this week with the completion of the first of three concrete pours on the bridge deck, City officials said.

The Incline project is now 35 percent completed, and the upper section poured Tuesday constitutes a third of the bridge, said Debbie Lee, who heads the City’s communications office.

Lee estimated that about 1,000 cubic yards of concrete was pumped to the deck portion of the bridge and the pour was expected to last most of the workday.

“It will take roughly 100 concrete mixer trucks to provide enough material to fill this section of the bridge,” which is 250 feet long by 52 feet wide by 1.8 feet deep, Lee said.

The storied bridge was closed in April for a yearlong, or more, retrofit to bring it up to seismic standards. The $20 million project – decades in the making – will also demolish and replace the 85-year-old incline with a new ramp that includes a bike path and widened sidewalks.

Nearly 90 percent of the project is being paid from the federally funded Highway Bridge Program

Built in 1930 to replace a dirt road, the incline extends about 1,400 feet from the intersection of Ocean and California Avenues at the top of the Palisades bluffs to PCH at the base the of the bluff. The bridge portion of the incline is 750 feet long.

Its closure set off fears that traffic in the already congested area would greatly worsen. About 13,000 cars per day reportedly use the California Incline, which connects PCH and Downtown Santa Monica. The traffic count on PCH is about 80,000 cars per day.

Reports of large traffic jams haven’t surfaced, City officials said.

Officials have posted alternative routes informing motorists who normally take the Incline to head north on PCH to instead go south on Lincoln Boulevard to the 10 Freeway and then merge onto the northbound PCH at the McClure Tunnel.

Those heading south on PCH are being advised to go past the Incline to Moomat Ahiko Way to reach Downtown Santa Monica or to exit the 10 Freeway at Lincoln Boulevard for locations further to the east.

Officials are asking drivers to avoid using the canyons as alternate routes.

Project updates can be found at or by calling  (888) 303-6026.  Additional information can also be found on and on Twitter @CAincline.

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