Bridge to Santa Monica Pier to be Replaced, is 'Structurally Deficient and Functionally Obsolete'
Now that city councilmembers have banned smoking on the Santa Monica Pier, up next is replacing the 1939-built bridge that connects to Ocean Avenue, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. The project would cost an estimated $8 million, but the cast-strapped city, which has placed a sales tax measure on the November ballot to recoup some money, may get $7 million in federal funding. A recent inspection found the bridge to be "structurally deficient and functionally obsolete," scoring a "sufficiency rating" of 30.6 out of 100, making it eligible to receive funds under the Highway Bridge Program
The project would start in the 2012-13 fiscal year and be completed in 2014. While many expect the new bridge to be similar to the current one -- but wider to better accommodate cars, bicycles and pedestrians -- one councilmember says maybe a pedestrian only one should be examined. "[The pier is] one of Santa Monica's signature resources, and using it to park cars just seems to me to not be its highest and best use."