Santa Monica to Plan for a Freeway Cap Where the I-10 Meets the Pacific Coast

The terminus of the I-10 freeway is a 7,000-foot concrete trench across the heart of Santa Monica. The city's new downtown plan calls for a cap, and a new master plan will hammer out specifics.
January 12, 2018, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Antonio Pacheco reports on the 2017 Downtown Community Plan approved by the city of Santa Monica, focusing specifically on the plan's call for a freeway cap on the terminus of the I-10 freeway.

According to Pacheco, the freeway cap "would fully transform the southern edge of the city into a civic and commercial node while also providing the city with an opportunity to rework surface streets to better accommodate the new focus on multi-modal transport."

In a separate article, Niki Cervantes reports that the process to develop the Gateway Master Plan, the planning document that would focus specifically on the cap proposal, will launch early in 2018.

Pacheco provides additional details on the current status of the project, as well as history on similar freeway cap projects proposed in Southern California in recent years.

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Published on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in The Architect's Newspaper
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