Colorado Esplanade

Project Information

Construction of the Colorado Avenue Esplanade, located between the new Expo Light Rail Station at 4th Street to Ocean Avenue, continues with new sidewalk installation along the north side of Colorado Avenue. While the first permanent piece of the project has been completed - the charcoal gray entrance near Parking Structure 8 - much work remains before the two-color pavers are installed.

Workers have upgraded storm drain systems, repositioned underground utilities, and moved traffic signals in preparation for new curbs and gutters to be poured from 4th Street to 2nd Street in mid-June 2015. Work will progress westbound on the north side of Colorado Avenue in the first phase of the project while simultaneous work progresses at the 2nd Street sewer vault.

Unlike most construction projects where trees are planted toward the end of the project, new trees will be planted as workers complete each section of Colorado Esplanade.

Ocean Avenue and 4th Street will remain open to traffic, as well as the westbound lanes along Colorado Avenue, but drivers are asked to use Broadway and Olympic boulevards for eastbound trips. Businesses will remain open during construction.

The newly designed promenade will connect the Expo Light Rail station to Ocean Avenue, the Pier, and the Palisades Garden Walk park. The reconfigured roadway will expand bicycle and pedestrian facilities and increase landscaping and public art to create a visual and functional focal point between the Downtown and Civic Center.



Realignment of Main Street 9-1-2015

Night Work Near Bloomingdale's 6-1-2015

Sidewalk Closure 5-7-2015

Sidewalk Closure 4-2-2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Lane Closures

Esplanade's Unique Trees



July 2015 Project Update



Know Before You Go


For the week of October 5, 2015, construction work on Colorado Ave. will continue daytime Monday through Friday. Pedestrian access is accommodated by use of temporary barricaded pathways marked with signage. Please use caution when navigating through work zones on Colorado Ave. at 4th St., Main St., 2nd St., and Ocean Ave. For more information contact: Gene Higginbotham, Project Manager at (310) 458-8729.

Detour Information

Please expect delays and use alternate routes.

Esplanade Postcard 9-9-15




  • From September 7, 2015 to March 31, 2016, M-F, 8am - 6 pm


  • On Colorado Avenue, from 4th Street to Ocean Avenue


  • Gene Higginbotham
  • City of Santa Monica
  • Project Manager
  • (310) 458-8729

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Other Resources

January 27, 2015 City Council Staff Report

September 2, 2014 Information Item

May 14, 2013 City Council Staff Report

March 19, 2013 City Council Staff Report

June 6, 2012 Planning Commission Staff Report and Attachment

February 14, 2012 City Council Staff Report

February 1, 2012 Planning Commission Staff Report


Project Contacts

Public Works - Hot Line, 310-374-7570,

Gene Higginbotham, Construction Manager, 310-458-8729,

1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 · (310) 458-8411 · TTY (310) 917-6626