Coming in fall of 2013: Beachtripageddon! (We kid.) Seriously though, the Santa Monica Mirror reports that the city of Santa Monica recently approved plans to replace the California Incline Bridge, that particularly useful vehicle route connecting PCH to the intersection of Ocean and California Avenues on the bluffs above. The 1,400-foot bridge is badly in need of seismic upgrades, which will require Caltrans to shut down and replace the bridge. Beginning to end, the replacement project is expected to take between 12 and 18 months. The bridge will also get some enhancements to make it safer for pedestrians and bikers. Until then, expect beach traffic to be a total bummer, dude. Federal funds will pay for most of the project, which "qualifies for replacement under the Highway Bridge Program (HPB) and therefore 88.5 (percent) of the cost to rebuild can be paid for with federal rather than local funds," according to the SMM. The project has a price tag of $2.5 million.
· California Incline In Santa Monica To Close Next Fall For Reconstruction [SMM]