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Construction Begins to Improve North Beach Paths in Santa Monica

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September 25, 2019 -- The City is embarking on $12.3 million worth of improvements to two major beach paths north of the Santa Monica Pier that will make them safer and easier to navigate, City officials announced Wednesday.

The construction will improve roughly one mile of the Ocean Front Walk pedestrian path and two miles of the North Beach Trail from the Pier to the northern city limits.

Rendering of Ocean Front Walk improvements
Rendering of Ocean Front Walk improvements (Images Courtesy of City of Santa Monica)

The project will widen the existing bike path, add a separate walking path and renovate Ocean Front Walk north of the Pier, officials said.

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During construction -- which is expected to be completed in November 2020 -- the Pier and surrounding businesses will remain open and signage will be posted to direct pedestrians.

"To minimize disruption to the public, construction is being conducted in phases beginning at the northern limits of Santa Monica," officials said.

"During each phase, construction is being performed in incremental sections."

A temporary bike path will be provided for cyclists and pedestrians in the construction zone, officials said. Cyclists must dismount and walk their bikes on the temporary path.

Parking Lot 4 North will be used as the construction staging area and will be closed for the duration of the construction. To view the construction map click here

The project will widen approximately 2 miles of the trail, also known as the Marvin K. Braude Bike Trail, and create separate walking and biking paths from Bay Street to the northern City limits.

The trail will be widened from 14 to 30 feet to accommodate a 16-foot-wide bike path and a 12-foot-wide pedestrian path. A two-foot separation between the paths will be delineated by a low concrete curb.

In addition, circulation along the bike path under the Pier and around the large parking lot north of the Pier will be improved to accommodate heavy pedestrian traffic and a plaza will be built near the Pier entrance.

The project will also renovate Ocean Front Walk north of the Pier by installing "new paving, seat walls, lighting and better connections to and from the Pacific Coast Highway overpasses and the beach," according to staff.

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