Historic California Incline Reopens Thursday Following 17-Month Closure

The historic California Incline reopened Thursday in Santa Monica following a 17-month closure to upgrade the bridge.

Following a 17-month closure, the California Incline in Santa Monica was set to reopen on Sept. 1, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Following a 17-month closure, the California Incline in Santa Monica was set to reopen on Sept. 1, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

City leaders officially announced the reopening, which comes just in time for the holiday weekend, during a 9 a.m. news conference.

“We are thrilled to welcome the new safer and stronger California Incline on the 120th anniversary of the Sunset Trail,” Mayor Tony Vazquez stated on the city’s newsroom website.

The Incline closed in April 2015 so it could be “seismically upgraded” and now includes a 16-foot-wide separated pedestrian and bicycle path.

Pedestrians and cyclists will get exclusive access to the new bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release from the City of Santa Monica.

A DJ, photo booth and a special Santa Monica Library pop up will be available for visitors to enjoy during Thursday morning’s reopening.

The Incline will open to cars at 5 p.m., in time for Labor Day weekend, the news release stated.