Malibu Finally Has A Plan To Fix Deadly Stretch Of PCH
In just 2015 alone, there have been four deaths along a curvy and dangerous stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Now Malibu's City Council is finally considering a plan to make the popular highway safer.
This 22-mile stretch of PCH is so hazardous that three people died on it in June, and there was another death in February where where a woman was killed in a highly-publicized crash involving Caitlyn Jenner. Every month, there are a dozen or so crashes on this portion of PCH, according to City News Service.
The proposed plan recommends 150 road improvements, both large and small, which include extending bike lanes, adding traffic circles, fixing cracked roads, and adding more parking lots. The $20 million project is hoping to get funding through L.A. County's Measure R sales tax, or through federal or state grants.
The plan stems from a study three years in the works. It finds that PCH's busy shoulders are especially hazardous because bicyclists, pedestrians, parked cars and buses are all competing to use it.
Parking along PCH is scary. The study says drivers make dangerous parallel parking moves while going at 45 to 55 mph because the only other alternative to this free on-street parking is paid parking lots and valet. The study finds that it's confusing for drivers who want to park alongside PCH because the street signs and painted red curbs are inconsistent, causing even more reckless driving. Local Malibu residents apparently even put up fake no-parking signs to keep outsiders from taking up their on-street parking spots.
One of the recommendations include extending the bike lane from Zuma Beach across the city. Local Malibu residents aren't a fan of this idea, CBS Los Angeles reports, because they think that they will get in the way of already difficult on-street parking.
The plan also proposes that the most dangerous part of PCH by Las Flores Canyon Road, which has a sharp curve, should be widened. There are also two intersections within 150 feet of each other there, and the plan recommends that one of the signals be removed to make it safer. It also proposes that Malibu parking lots be added so that folks will stop parking alongside the shoulder of the road, where cyclists bike through.
Last week rapper MC Supreme was killed on PCH while sitting in the driver's seat of a parked car on the shoulder of PCH near Corral Canyon Road. Rob Lowe even tweeted about it last week, calling PCH a "death trap":
PCH's been a death trap for decades. No local care to address it. Sad and unacceptable. https://t.co/M1mG28Owmd— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 15, 2015
The Malibu city council will be meeting tonight to discuss the proposed plan.