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Lincoln Boulevard Closed for Expo Rail Installation

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April 4, 2014 -- The City of Santa Monica will be closing the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue for a week starting Monday, April 21 at 3 a.m. to install rails for the new Expo line project, City officials said.

Construction teams will work around the clock installing the line's tracks and temporary electronic message boards, officials said. During the work,  directional signage and flaggers will direct vehicles and pedestrians around the construction zone.

City officials are urging motorists to be prepared for the extended traffic delays and detours that construction will likely cause.

To alleviate traffic congestion, northbound Lincoln Boulevard will be detoured to Olympic Boulevard and southbound traffic will be detoured to Santa Monica Boulevard.  11th street will be used as an alternate route for both southbound and northbound traffic in the area.

Colorado Avenue will also be closed to through traffic between 7th Street and 9th Street, said officials.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured at 7th Street and westbound traffic will be detoured at 11th Street.  Santa Monica Boulevard will be used as an alternate road for both eastbound and westbound traffic.

The Lincoln Boulevard exit from the Interstate 10 freeway will remain open and northbound traffic will be detoured to 7th street, according to officials. 

“We are encouraging motorists to use the Cloverfield Boulevard exit as an alternate route,” officials said.

Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced at all time and clear signage with specific instructions will be in place around the construction site.

The City is also taking steps to lessen the impact of the construction on neighboring businesses. “Noise levels will be monitored to ensure compliance and the work areas will be watered down to minimize dust,” said City officials.

The Expo Line in Santa Monica will consist of three stations, a maintenance facility, a bike path and approximately three miles of trackway, according to transit officials.

The Expo line from Culver City to Santa Monica, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2016, “is a significant and long-term public investment in transit, city-wide and regional mobility, and sustainability,” City officials said.

As many as 400 passengers are expected to get on and off the trains every five minutes during peak hours.

The Expo line, which will connect the bayside city to Downtown LA, “will provide Santa Monica residents, employees, students and visitors with easier access to major destinations both locally and regionally,” officials said.

For more information on the project or for a copy of the detour map, contact the City of Santa Monica Public Works Department at (310) 458-8736 or visit or

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