Santa Monica announced that a portion of the Santa Monica Bluffs, above Pacific Coast Highway, is unstable and needs emergency repairs.
The bluff considered unstable is between the tunnel and the incline. A column of soil has broken away from the main bluff.
And last week, according the City’s engineering department, a large crack appeared in the bluff, which has prompted immediate action.
A large crane will be brought in to knock the dirt column down. The road will be closed because although the area is small, the City Public Works Department said, “we don’t want to take chances.”
Starting Tuesday, July 25, at 11:30 p.m., the Moomat Ahiko Way ramp that allows access to PCH (between Ocean Avenue and PCH) will be closed. The Moomat Ahiko off-ramp to Santa Monica, from PCH, will remain open.
Portions of the westbound I-10 freeway and Pacific Coast Highway will be closed at Lincoln Boulevard to the California Incline on Wednesday, July 26, starting at 2 a.m. All routes are expected to reopen by noon on July 26.
Drivers can exit at Lincoln and take a detour through Santa Monica, accessing PCH via the California Incline.
Southbound PCH and eastbound I-10 will remain open.