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Santa Monica Gears Up for the Season With New Traffic Strategies

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Evening traffic on Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica (Photo by denisetaylor☼ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Evening traffic on Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica (Photo by denisetaylor☼ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
How people get around in cars and on foot in Downtown Santa Monica during the holidays is going to change, and hopefully for the better. Just ahead of Thanksgiving, the City of Santa Monica will begin testing out some new strategies to help improve the vehicle and pedestrian flows through the area.

By putting in a temporary additional westbound travel lane on Santa Monica Boulevard between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue hopefully more cars can be accommodated on 4th Street to Ocean Avenue, and reduce delays for motorists driving in and out of that heavily-trafficked part of the City.

For those navigating the popular shopping, recreation, and dining section of Santa Monica on foot, the City is going to put in place a pedestrian-only crossing phase at the intersection of 2nd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. That means for each traffic cycle, there will be a time when crossing is limited to just pedestrians, including diagonally (think Old Town Pasadena), also with the goal of reducing congestion.

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The temporary lane and pedestrian crossing phase will begin to be in use on Wednesday, November 24th, and last through the holidays. During that time the City will collect data and study the new strategies' efficacy at improving traffic flow.