Pier Bridge

Project Information

The City of Santa Monica, in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), will replace the Pier Bridge with a new multi-modal bridge to meet current seismic and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. 

This project entails demolition of the existing Pier Bridge and construction of a new bridge in the same location.  The new bridge will maintain two vehicular traffic lanes (one in each direction) and the new structure will be wider than the existing to allow for improved pedestrian and bicycle circulation from downtown Santa Monica to the Pier.   

The Pier Bridge, constructed in the early 1940’s, extends approximately 500 feet west from the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue to the Santa Monica Pier.


By replacing the existing bridge, the structural sufficiency will be improved making it safer for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian use.  Improvements will meet current seismic standards thereby making the structure available for long-term use by the community.

The Pier Bridge qualifies for replacement under the Highway Bridge Program (HPB) and is eligible for Toll-Credit funding and therefore 100% of the cost to replace the Pier Bridge can be reimbursed by Federal funds.

To Learn More About the Project...

First click here to learn more about the project description, purpose of project, site analysis, constraints, public process and next steps. 

Please click here to review the conceptual design alternatives that were presented and discussed at the Community Workshop on June 18, 2013.

Click here to review the Summary Report for Community Workshop held on June 18, 2013.

Click here to review the Presentation to Landmarks Commission on August 12, 2013.

Click here to review the Presentation made to the Pier Board on August 19, 2013.  Staff recommended alternatives #1 and #4 be studied further in the Environmental Review. 

Click here to review the Concept Summary Report dated October 18, 2013 listing alternatives.

Project Status 

The City of Santa Monica is currently working on the Concept Design.  

Know Before You Go

This project is not currently under construction.

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Selim Eren.  selim.eren@smgov.net
200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite J, Santa Monica, CA 90401