The tunnel that connects the Santa Monica (10) Freeway to Pacific Coast Highway is scheduled to close overnight for upgrades starting the first week of January, Caltrans announced Friday.

The McClure Tunnel and nearby ramps will shut down during the work, which will span a mile of the freeway between Lincoln Boulevard and the PCH Broadway Pedestrian Overpass. Construction is set to begin the first week of 2021 and finish in spring, according to Caltrans, which did not provide specific dates.

Ramps are expected to close mainly between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., but Caltrans didn’t specify when the overnight closure of the tunnel would start and end. Closures could change depending on the weather.

Crews will update the lighting system inside the tunnel and add radar to detect speeders. A warning system to alert drivers to traffic inside the tunnel, which aims to reduce crashes, will be the first in Los Angeles County. It will tell drivers to slow as they approach.

New signs in the area will also be installed and new pavement will be laid in the tunnel. The cost of the project is $6.3 million.

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