Website Is Part of Caltrans Effort to Keep Malibu Informed about PCH Construction Projects
• Malibuites Can Check Out Road Information at www.PCHPartners.org
BY ANNE SOBLE
BY ANNE SOBLE
Already facing a barage of questions from commuters fearing the worst when several construction projects start on Pacific Coast Highway this year, the state Department of Transportation and the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades have announced the creation of an information website.
The governmental group has set up an entity it calls PCH Partners and designed its website to serve as the primary source of public information about projects planned for PCH. The projects are slated to start this month and complete in 2011. The projects are set for different locations along an 11-mile corridor of Malibu’s main artery between the McClure Tunnel and Cross Creek Road.
Whether the effort will be much more than Caltrans public relations window dressing will depend on the ability of PCHP to prevent major backups from happening. Local commuters have borne the brunt of major traffic delays during most of the recent state projects on PCH and Caltrans personnel hope to prevent this from recurring during this period of intensive road work.
PCH Partners will share information, as well as develop specific traffic management plans and post regular project updates on the website.
“The city of Malibu is very pleased to be part of the PCH Partners,” said City of Malibu Public Works Superintendent Richard Calvin. “We feel that this partnership will enhance the ability to inform the public as to what is happening in a timely manner for projects that may impact Pacific Coast Highway.”
The website is expected to provide and update the public with background information, news, maps and construction schedules. Contact information for each of the distinct projects will be provided to the respective oversight agencies to keep the public and commuters informed about status of work, lane closures and detours.
The group maintains that, “The traffic impacts will be reduced to the extent possible based on the construction site conditions and any unanticipated circumstances such as poor weather.”
PCH Partners will keep local elected officials, homeowner groups and community-based organizations informed of project progress and other construction related issues.
The construction projects, listed by their anticipated start dates, are:
City of Santa Monica Annenberg Community Beach Club (06/07-Spring ’09)
California Department of Transportation/Caltrans PCH Resurfacing (04/08-Fall ’08)
City of Malibu Corral Canyon Signal Project (07/08-09/08)
City of Malibu Carbon Canyon Underground Utilities Project (09/08-Spring ’09)
City of Santa Monica Palisades Bluffs Improvement Project (10/08-Summer ’09)
City of Santa Monica California Incline Rehabilitation Project (07/09-Summer ’10)
City of Los Angeles Low Flow Diversion Upgrades (07/09-Fall ’10)
City of Santa Monica Pier Bridge Rehabilitation (10/09-Fall ’10)
City of Los Angeles DC Electrode Replacement (12/10-Fall ’11)
More information about PCH Partners and the construction projects along Pacific Coast Highway is available at www.PCHPartners. org or 866-755-7679.