LINCOLN BOULEVARD — Traffic is flowing at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue after the temporary closure of the intersection last week due to construction of the Expo Light Rail track.
Sam Morrissey, lead traffic engineer for the city of Santa Monica, said the closure caused some minor problems on April 21 as drivers adapted to the new traffic patterns but the delays dissipated as the week progressed. He said extensive outreach helped warn drivers of the impending closure.
“There was a lot of outreach from the contractor and the authority on the rail line,” he said. “The city also stepped up the outreach efforts to explain to people what was happening.”
Morrissey said there would be minor construction related closures in the coming weeks but that no major disruption was anticipated.
“There will be some modest construction impact in the city but we’ve passed a lot of the major activities,” he said.
City Hall sends out a weekly message informing drivers of closures and Morrissey said residents can sign up to receive the alerts by text, e-mail or phone call by visiting smconstructs.org and clicking on “sm alerts.”
Morrissey said City Hall’s next major construction project would likely begin in the late summer or early fall when work begins on the California Incline project connecting Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway.