- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A city bus drove through a banner to mark the ceremonial reopening of the California Incline - the landmark slanted road that connects the top of seaside Santa Monica’s towering Palisades bluffs with Pacific Coast Highway down below.

A crowd cheered as the roadway reopened to bicyclists and pedestrians Thursday morning following a 16-month, $20 million project that brought the roadway up to current seismic standards. The 1,400-foot-long incline dating back to the 1930s will reopen to cars at 5 p.m.

A 750-foot section that was technically considered a bridge was demolished and replaced. The new structure is about 51 feet wide - an increase of more than 5 feet - and includes wider sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

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