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Motorists were expected to face heavier traffic in Santa Monica as a yearlong reconstruction project for the California Incline Bridge got underway on Sunday evening, hours earlier than scheduled.

The project aimed to demolish a bridge connecting Ocean and California avenues to the Pacific Coast Highway (map) and construct a new one that met seismic standards, the project website stated.

The new bridge would also include a wider sidewalk and bicycle lane.

The north and south ends of the bridge were expected to remain three-lane roadways that ended at signalized intersections.

The 12- to 13-month project initially was slated to begin at 5 a.m. Monday morning. However, work crews unexpectedly closed the bridge to traffic about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Replacement of the bridge with a new structure, built to current seismic standards, will correct deficiencies in the bridge and make it safe for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian use,” the website stated.

About 88.5 percent of reconstruction costs were expected to be paid for by federal funds since the project met the Highway Bridge Program, the website also stated.

KTLA’s John A. Moreno contributed to this story.

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The Santa Monica city website posted this graph, showing the California Include Bridge closure and possible detours. Construction was expected to begin April 20, 2015.

The Santa Monica city website posted this graph, showing the California Include Bridge closure and possible detours. Construction was expected to begin April 20, 2015.