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Santa Monica Pier begins renovations

The century-old Santa Monica Pier started a one-year remodeling project last week, but the Southern California landmark will stay open during the work, reported the Santa Monica Mirror.

Workers will build a new pedestrian trestle on the pier’s south side, erect new concrete columns, and remove and replace its timbers and substructure.

Work is expected to be finished in April 2014. The Mirror says the pier and its businesses will remain open during the entire project.

The Santa Monica Pier has become the traditional endpoint for westbound Route 66 travelers, although Route 66’s real terminus exists at a more mundane location about a mile away at Lincoln and Olympic in Santa Monica.

(Hat tip: Scott Piotrowski; image of the Santa Monica Pier by jimsheaffer, via Flickr)

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