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Lincoln to Close, PCH to Snarl

Two major traffic snarls will face drivers next week


April 14, 2014

Pacific Coast Highway will be slowed due to the construction of a storm drain. Meanwhile, LIncoln Blvd will be closed for a week from April 21 to April 28, for construction of the Metro Rail Line.

City News Service reports that PCH commuters will face congestion as major construction gets underway as early as tomorrow on a storm drain project on a stretch of the highway in Santa Monica.

One of the existing three lanes in each direction is scheduled to be eliminated through next year to accommodate the work, starting sometime this week, City of Los Angeles engineers warned.

The closures will be in effect from California Incline to Entrada Drive, near Chautauqua Boulevard. Construction will get underway on a 24-hour basis to build an expanded sewer line, to divert urban runoff from canyons to the Hyperion Treatment Plant.

The center turn lane will be converted to a southbound lane during morning rush hours, and the northbound lane during evening rush hours.

PCH is commonly used as a bypass to the Sepulveda Pass for traffic between Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and about 80,000 vehicles per day use that section of PCH daily. Signs have been placed on the Ventura (101) Freeway warning about the closures.

Past sewer projects on PCH caused traffic backups on the Santa Monica (10) and San Diego (405) freeways, and placed heavier burdens on the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass.

The entire project may take one year to complete, although the lane closures will not take that much time, L.A. officials said.

PCH commuters also face pending reconstruction of the PCH-Ocean Avenue connector in Santa Monica -- called Moomat Ahiko Way -- later this spring. But that reconstruction and repaving will only take a few weeks.

Also looming is a long-term closure of the California Incline route between PCH and Santa Monica, which is slated for demolition and replacement later this year.

Lincoln Boulevard

Northbound Lincoln Boulevard will be temporarily closed at Colorado Avenue., and traffic will be detoured at Olympic. Turns onto Colorado will be prohibited. Take 11th Street as an alternate.

Southbound Lincoln will be temporarily closed at Colorado, and traffic will be detoured at Santa Monica Boulevard. Turns onto Colorado will be prohibited. Take 11th Street as an alternate.

Colorado Avenue

Colorado will be temporarily closed to through traffic between 7th and 9th streets but will remain open for local access. Turns from Colorado onto Lincoln will be prohibited.

Eastbound Colorado will be detoured at 7th Street and westbound Colorado will be detoured at 11th Street. Take Santa Monica Boulevard as an alternate.

I-10 Freeway

The Lincoln Boulevard exit will remain open. However, motorists are encouraged to use Cloverfield as an alternate exit route.


Local and pedestrian access around the closure areas will be maintained at all times. Electronic message boards, directional signage, and flaggers will be used to direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.

Closures will start April 21 and last through April 28.


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