Get Ready for Santa Monica Traffic to Get Even Worse

We have some good new and some bad news for you.

The good? Santa Monica’s beloved California incline is getting something that most people in Los Angeles have already had; a face lift!

The bad? It’s beginning on April 20th of this year and won’t be completed until Memorial Day weekend 2016.

But before the widespread panic of finding alternate routes ensues, take a moment and know that while the incline was built in the early 20th century, it has not received any updates since the 1930’s.  This means that this “face lift” of sorts isn’t just for cosmetic purposes.  The incline in its current state doesn’t meet seismic standards. Over the years portions of the bluffs below have given way and crumbling concrete and exposed rebar are noticeable.

Needless to say, this project is long overdue!

ca incline

The incline is utilized by an estimated 15,000 vehicles per day so not only will commuters who use it need to find alternate routes, but those heading northbound on the PCH should also expect delays as a portion of an entire lane will also be shut down during construction.

Santa Monica officials assure the public that standard measures will be taken during the time of construction including directional detour signs being displayed to direct motorists towards the recommended detours.  Those who would typically take the incline to head north on the PCH will be directed to head southbound on Lincoln Boulevard to the 10 Freeway and then merge onto northbound PCH at the McClure Tunnel.  Those who head south on the PCH will be directed to go past the incline to the recently refurbished Moomat Ahiko Way to reach downtown Santa Monica.


Construction on the incline will take place between 7:00 am and 10:00 p.m Monday through Friday and between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm on Saturdays.  In addition, the aforementioned northbound lane of the PCH will be closed from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm and from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm between Labor Day and Memorial Day. No PCH lane closures will occur during the summer months.

For more information regarding detours and construction details, visit the project website found HERE. If news of these delays and construction already have your blood pressure up, take a look at these apartments for rent in Santa Monica where “walkability” within the city is key and leaving your car in the garage for weeks at a time is entirely possible.