Nightmare on the Way

Pacific Coast Highway from McClure Tunnel in Santa Monica to Malibu is simultaneously one of the most beautiful drives in the world, and one of the worst.

More and more hours on more and more days, it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way.

And it’s about to get worse than worst.

The City of Santa Mnica, the City of Los Angeles, the L.A. Department of Water and Power, Caltrans. LADOT and the City of Malibu have embarked on a series of major and unprecedented “improvement” projects that will make the current PCH jam-up seem like a walk o the beach.


According to www.PCHPartners.org.
the agencies’ new website, this is what we can look forward to.

Caltrans began its “PCH paving and resurfacing project” at Cross Creek Road in Malibu this week. Work will take place five days a week, during the night, except on the stretch adjacent to the Malibu Pier. Work will be sequenced in 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 mile stretches, with at least one lane open at all times. Caltrans estimates that the repaving will be completed late next year.

Santa Monika has five projects scheduled.

Now underway, construction of the Annenberg Public Beach Club at 415 PCH should be completed early next year.

The “Palisades Bluffs Improvement Project,“ which includes shoring up the bluffs and restoring the drainage systen, is now going through the permit process. Much of the work will have to be done from PCH. The City expects to issue bids and award a contract this summer, and begin construction after Labor Day, 2008.

The California Incline Reconstruction Project’s draft EIR is being modified to include additional traffic information and will be re-circulated during the summer.

Pier Bridge (Colorado Avenue) Rehabilitation. The project scope is s being re-evaluated, and the draft EIR will be modified and re-circulated.

The City of Malibu’s Corral Canyon Signal Project is in the works. Construction is expected to take place in July and August.

Construction on Malibu’s Carbon Canyon underground utilities project is expected to start after Labor Day.

Vikki Zale will respond to PCH Partners calls at the hotline number (866) 755-7679.

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