Ocean Avenue Project - Protected Bikeway and Expanding Outside Dining

Updates: Anticpated construction to begin November 2, 2020 and last 2 to 3 weeks.


The Ocean Avenue Project has two main components:

  • On the west side of Ocean Avenue, between California and Colorado avenues, the project will create a protected two-way bikeway. This will connect the Colorado Esplanade and California Incline bikeways, creating a continuous protected route from the Downtown Santa Monica Metro light rail station to the beach.
  • On the east side of the Ocean Avenue, select on-street parking spaces will be repurposed to expand the sidewalk to allow additional outdoor dining space while also maintaining safe passage for people walking.

Pedestrian, vehicle, transit, and bicycle access will be maintained for the entire corridor. On the west side of the street there will be removal of some on-street parking spaces, but the project will increase the amount of accessible (ADA) parking spaces. On the east side of the street, where requested by businesses and in consultation with Downtown Santa Monica, Inc, some parking spaces will be removed to allow for an expanded sidewalk and increased space for outdoor dining. To reduce the cost of installation and disruption, the project minimizes road traffic striping changes, and primarily only adjusts the west side of the street. Access to all driveways will be maintained.

Construction Impacts

Project construction is anticipated to begin mid-November. Specific dates will be provided soon when the construction schedule is confirmed. In advance of construction, temporary no-parking signs will be posted on the corridor, as needed, for construction access and to ensure that personal vehicles are not blocked by barriers. During construction, there may be temporary detours of Big Blue Bus and Metro routes that travel on Ocean Avenue.

  • Project Limit:Ocean Avenue between California and Colorado avenues with construction anticipated to begin mid-November,
  • Street access:During construction the street will be managed by a traffic control plan with access to the roadway, side-streets, and driveways maintained as much as possible. Full access for walking, driving, transit, and biking will be restored after project completion.

Together, let’s create a safe—and friendly—Santa Monica for everyone

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