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City to Begin Replacing Broken Water Main on Ocean Avenue

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August 15, 2019 -- A water main on Ocean Avenue that suffered separate breaks on Saturday and Wednesday will be replaced next week, Santa Monica City officials said.

Water service has been restored to residents and businesses in the area and the service will remain uninterrupted, officials said Thursday.

"The City believes this water main break is related to partial pipe corrosion and is proactively replacing the entirety of the corroded pipeline," said Constance Farrell, the City's spokesperson.

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The construction work caused immediate temporary closures that will continue through September 2019 along Ocean Avenue between Washington Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, officials said.

"Motorists and cyclists are advised to seek alternate routes during these closures and to allow extra travel time to get to their destinations," officials said.

Both north and southbound lanes on Ocean Avenue between California and Washington avenues will be closed until Friday at 5 p.m.

Traffic will be detoured to 2nd Street and metered parking will be temporarily unavailable, officials said.

Starting Monday at 7 a.m. through Friday, September 13, the northbound lane on Ocean Avenue between California and Washington avenues will be closed.

Once again traffic will be diverted to 2nd Street where metered parking will be unavailable.

The southbound lane on Ocean will remain open to traffic during construction, officials said.

While the City anticipates completing construction on September 13, "the anticipated completion date is subject to change," Farrell said.

The City is in the process of scheduling construction work for Ocean Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and California Avenue and will issue a notice prior to starting the water main replacement.

The City Council on Tuesday was split on deferring the replacement of water mains for the next three years in an effort to keep water rates down while the City achieves water self-sufficiency by 2023.

The City's Water Fund -- which spends an average of $25.7 million a year -- includes money for routine as well as one-time capital projects, according to the staff report for Tuesday's meeting.

Over the next five years, the fund can spend an average of about $3 million a year for one-time projects that include replacing or maintaining aging assets, staff said.

The Water Fund also can provide $3.9 million a year in funding for routine capital projects that include replacing aging water mains on a 100-year cycle.

Questions regarding this project can be directed to the Water Resources Division at 310-458-8736.

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