The City of Santa Monica will hold a public scoping meeting for the California Incline Replacement Project environmental impact report (EIR) from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9th, at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

The purpose of the meeting is for the public to offer information on the proposed project and the environmental process.

In the project, the California Avenue Incline Bridge is to be reconstructed and rehabilitated to meet current seismic standards.

Rehabilitation of the bridge — which connects California Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway — will require the reconstruction of the upper and lower approaches to the bridge at Ocean Avenue and Palisades Beach Road.

The California Avenue Incline Bridge will remain a three-lane roadway that terminates at either end with a signalized intersection.

The California Avenue Incline Bridge has been identified as a historic resource.

Alternatives are being developed by the design team that would minimize impacts to the bridge as a historic resource.

Construction is expected to last approximately ten months and the proposed project would require closure of the bridge to traffic during the construction.

Public comments to be included in the draft EIR may be submitted in writing by 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29th, and addressed to the City of Santa Monica at:

James Creager, P.E. Civil Engineering Division, 1918 Main St.,

Santa Monica 90405

Creager’s fax number is (310) 393-4425 and his e-mail is Jim.Creager@SMGOV.NET

Copies of the notice of preparation and an initial study can be found at all four branches in the Santa Monica Public Library system.