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Study Cites Safety Risks Along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu

MALIBU, Calif. (KTLA) — An engineering study of 27 miles of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu found more than 90 existing conditions that pose potential safety risks.

The study was conducted over several months at a cost of $375,000, according to Anthony Petros, who helped author the study.

It examined safety from the perspective of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians on PCH.

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A study found more than 90 existing conditions on a 27-mile stretch of PCH that posed safety risks.

The report revealed safety issues that occur along the entire corridor of the highway in Malibu, and problems that are location-specific.

Areas of particular concern include the intersections of Las Flores Canyon Road, the Malibu Pier and Paradise Cove Road, according to the study.

One consistent safety issue is the road shoulder, with garbage cans, trash collection, valet parking and regular parking sometimes competing for the same space.

High speeds and drivers slowing down to look for shoulder parking were also cited as safety concerns in the study.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is currently widening the shoulder along certain portions of PCH by cutting back overgrown vegetation, and a 1,000-foot parking restriction on either side of Paradise Cove is in the works.

The study, mostly paid for with federal government grants, was jointly conducted by the city of Malibu and the Southern California Association of Governments.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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