CIRS DELAYED AGAIN; CA INCLINE WILL CLOSE MONDAY; NEW SM PROJECTS MAY BOLLIX TRAFFIC
From: Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 2:16 PM
Subject: PCH Construction Projects Update
Here is today’s PCH Construction Projects Status Report. Updates always will be pasted below the “hints”
section (which now includes a 24 hr number for California Incline Information). It is our goal to keep
you informed of the details of any project which may impact your access to and convenient use of the Pacific
Coast Highway between Pacific Palisades and the McClure Tunnel. We will track timing and the details of any projects or scheduled activity.
Here are a few hints:
* Santa Monica has implemented a 24-hour hotline for California Incline project information: 888.303.
6026. Information is also available at smconstructs.org; cityofsantamonica on Facebook and @CAincline on
* The City of Santa Monica will host weekly informational meetings at Ken Edwards Center, located at 1527
4th Street, Rm #106, every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 7pm.
* sigalert.com will give you a real time snapshot of traffic conditions on the Coast Highway and local freeways and includes a link to a camera located where the Santa Monica Freeway begins.
* If you have a smartphone, google maps has a traffic monitoring feature based upon tracking of the movement of gps enabled cellphones. And,
* you can download the free WAZE app from Play Store. This cloud-source app depends on reports from
other app users.
* Santa Monica Constructs is a City of Santa Monica website that provides updates on construction in that city including the Expo II light rail project. You also can find links to various weekly updates and real-time parking information.
* PCH Partners is a website created to provide information regarding projects that may impact the highway.
* Wilshire Blvd. Bus Rapid Transit Information can be found here. This is the Bus Lane from downtown to
Santa Monica on Wilshire that is under construction. The section from MacArthur Park to Federal Avenue is
now operating (does not include the City of Beverly Hills; don’t ask!) and the lane will eventually extend to Centinela Ave.
* Respond to this email and we will try to answer any of your questions; comments are welcome.
TODAY’S PCH CONSTRUCTION REPORT:
(CIRS [Sewer Project] project completion is currently estimated to occur in mid-July. Santa Monica will close the California Incline roadway this Monday morning (April 20). SM projects related to light rail will reduce options for commuters in the short run.
CIRS. The completion of the 900’ sewer project has been delayed. The City now believes the project will be completed by mid-July 2015. The basic project is on schedule. The tunneling is complete and the sewer pipe is being installed. During construction it was discovered that the PCH roadway was lacking a proper base and there was subsidence around the pipe. Correction of these unexpected soil deficiencies will require significant work to bolster the area. This will result in an estimated three-and one-half month overlap with the California Incline Project (see next paragraph).
CALIFORNIA INCLINE. The road will be closed to through traffic Monday and the contractor will begin positioning equipment on the incline and also in the lanes currently used by vehicles turning onto and from the Incline to Ocean Avenue. Santa Monica has implemented robust communication media including internet, Facebook and Twitter as well as a 24/7 hotline, all detailed in the first bullet under “hints,” above.
As promised, Santa Monica has installed several fixed and dynamic CMS (changeable) message signs warning of the project. There are five CMS beginning from North of Topanga Canyon Road. Expect these signs to list times to various streets such as Sunset, Temescal and Chautauqua (Think of the signs on the freeway that state: “15 minutes to downtown,” for example). There are signs on the 101 freeway in Ventura and Agoura Hills to discourage discretionary cross-mountain drivers. North of Wilshire Blvd, “Local Access” signs have been erected to discourage traffic detouring through northern Santa Monica and Santa Monica Canyon. Northbound Route 1 (pch) drivers will be directed to 7th Street and Moomat Ahiko (Ocean Ave. next to the pier). Southbound traffic to downtown Santa Monica will be directed to use Moomat Ahiko, Lincoln and 20th Street. New digital signs at beach parking lots are being used to notify highway drivers. The Santa Monica City Traffic Engineer promises a “fluid process” of changes as needed.
Moomat Ahiko will be restriped at Ocean Ave. to funnel two lanes toward downtown Santa Monica and only one lane toward Marina del Rey. Project completion is expected by Memorial Day 2016. Santa Monica rightly points out that the signal at the bottom of the Incline will be mostly green which will speed highway traffic.
Santa Monica has funded LADOT “white glove” traffic control officers at the Canyon School traffic light during peak to and from school hours and Summer beach commute times. These officers may be moved around as needed. Expect to see a greater police presence in the canyon. Left turns will be prohibited from Ocean Avenue onto Mabery Rd. LADOT has “refreshed” the traffic markings in the canyon.
NEW SANTA MONICA PROJECTS. On the other hand, Colorado Blvd is now westbound only at Ocean Avenue and a large Expo Line terminus station is under construction at 4th and Colorado, resulting in fewer options for drivers
using Moomat Ahiko to access downtown Santa Monica.
SMCCA along with BOCA, PPCC and a representatives of LA City Councilman Mike Bonin met with Santa Monica representatives to review the status of the various measures this week. We will meet again to review the success of the various measures. Let us know what you think.
Here are a few photo illustrations of the Incline proposal from the staff report to city council:
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NOTE: I’ve known George for years. He’s a very smart man, and probably knows more about traffic, roads, highways, streets, likely detours, construction projects and so on than anyone else. Trust him, and you’ll have an easier time during the upcoming construction period.