California Incline Replacement

Project Information

The Project
The City of Santa Monica, in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans),will reconstruct the California Incline Bridge to meet current seismic standards.

The incline extends a distance of approximately 1,400 feet from the intersection of Ocean and California Avenues at the top of the Palisades bluffs to the Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) at the base of the bluffs.

The bridge portion of the incline is 750 feet long and currently consists of an 8” concrete slab supported on transverse floor beams made of concrete.

The project entails demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a new bridge at the same location. The new structure will include a wider sidewalk and bicycle lanes. The north and south ends of the incline will remain a three-lane roadway that terminates at a signalized intersection. The new bridge will consist of a pile supported reinforced concrete slab structure with a width of 52-feet, an increase of 5-feet 8-inches over the existing structure.

Replacement of the bridge with a new structure, built to current seismic standards, will correct deficiencies in the bridge and make it safe for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian use.

The California Incline qualifies for replacement under the Highway Bridge Program (HBP) and therefore 88.5% of the cost to rebuild can be paid for with Federal rather than local funds.

To view the Work Zone Cameras showing the work site, click here.

Important Dates
Project opening scheduled for late summer 2016. 


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Project hotline: (888) 303-6026
200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite J, Santa Monica, CA 90401