The California Incline will reopen by Labor Day

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The California Incline, an iconic roadway that links Downtown Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, is finally coming back, better than ever.

Santa Monica city officials said Friday that when people flock to the beaches this Labor Day weekend, they’ll be able to use the new California Incline to get there. Opening day is set for September 2.

The old California Incline
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Two years ago in April, the famed road built in 1930 was closed and demolished, so that that workers could begin construction of a more seismically-sound version. The street was also widened by more than five feet and a 16-foot wide protected lane for bikes and pedestrians was added.

The new California Incline
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The reopening of the California Incline was originally scheduled for Memorial Day, but was delayed by the addition of a new bridge and pedestrian walkway. Once complete, pedestrians will be able to cross over the incline down to the beach via a winding concrete pathway dubbed the Idaho Trail.

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