Ribbon cutting for safety improvements at PCH intersection in Malibu

The city of Malibu hosted a ribbon cutting this morning near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Kanan Dume Road in Malibu to mark the completion of several safety enhancements at the intersection, including an upgraded runaway truck arrester bed to slow down runaway vehicles.  The construction portion of the project was 100% funded by Measure R.

The list of speakers included Metro Board member and L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Metro Deputy CEO Lindy Lee, as well as officials from Caltrans and the city of Malibu.

Here’s the press release from the city of Malibu:

(Malibu CA) – The City of Malibu will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the runaway truck arrester bed and intersection improvement project at Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Kanan Dume Road in Malibu, meant to improve safety on PCH, on Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 AM.

The public is welcome to attend the ribbon cutting, which will be held at the project site on Kanan Dume Road about 100 yards north of PCH. Map – https://goo.gl/maps/wdkq3.

“PCH is a major highway running right through the middle of our town, and a runaway truck barreling down a steep canyon road toward a busy intersection is a potential disaster, so improving traffic safety on PCH is critically important in Malibu,” said Malibu Mayor Skylar Peak.

The Mayor, City Councilmembers and City Commissioners will be joined by representatives from Senator Fran Pavley’s office, Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s office, Caltrans, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), local businesses and home owner associations.

“Metro’s Measure R half-cent sales tax is helping to improve the existing freeway infrastructure and local cities with traffic and safety improvements,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “Today’s ribbon –cutting ceremony for a project funded by Measure R is an example of these improvements.”

The project, which aims to improve safety at the PCH/Kanan intersection and along Kanan, was funded by Metro with a contribution from the City General Fund. The City Council allocated funding for the project design in response to safet and traffic concerns, and the construction was 100% funded by Measure R. The gravel-filled arrester bed was realigned, extended and upgraded to current highway safety standards. Other improvements include channelizing the intersection, modifying the second left turn lane to allow both left and right turns; and installing additional signage along Kanan. The project contractor, Granite Construction, started work on the improvement project in March 2014.

The existing truck arrester bed, which is intended to slow down large runaway vehicles and prevent them from reaching the intersection at PCH, was installed on Kanan by the County of Los Angeles prior to the City’s incorporation in 1991.