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UPDATE: Lanes Reopen Following Crash on PCH in Malibu

One lane in each direction was closed for about an hour on Pacific Coast Highway at Las Flores Road in Malibu.

A head-on crash prompted the closure of two lanes on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Thursday.

The crash was reported at 4:50 p.m. Thursday on Pacific Coast Highway at Las Flores Road in Malibu, according to a sergeant at the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

A motorist made a left turn into oncoming traffic, resulting in a two-car crash, according to reports from the scene.

One woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

All lanes were opened at 5:45 p.m., according to a message from the Malibu Office of Emergency Services. Westbound traffic was backed up to Topanga Canyon Road and eastbound traffic was slow from Civic Center Way.

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Hans Laetz February 08, 2013 at 02:13 AM
More crashes happen there than anywhere else in Malibu, according to the sheriff. I am anxious to see how the city and Caltrans plan to address that hazardous road layout.
Jonathan Friedman February 08, 2013 at 02:19 AM
When you combine the intersection of Las Flores Canyon/PCH with Las Flores itself (drivers speeding down the road), that area has to be one of the most dangerous in LA County. Hans, what would you do to change it if you had complete control?
liz February 08, 2013 at 02:24 AM
thanks MP for posting this,was just getting ready to head into SM I wont now. hopefully no one sustained serious injury. As for the idiot motorist...I better stop at idiot motorist.
Jessica E. Davis February 08, 2013 at 02:27 AM
All lanes are clear now and the traffic is flowing. I believe you would be safe to go to Santa Monica.
Susan Tellem February 08, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I was going through that intersection southbound yesterday and the lights are screwed up. The first one by the gas station turned yellow and I went through but the second one a few yards away suddenly turned red and I had to slam on my brakes. They should be timed so they both stay yellow since they are so close together.
Hans Laetz February 08, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Been like that for years. The lights seem like they are sequenced so that any traffic going slower than 70 will possibly hit the first light green and the second light turning red. If I had complete control, Jonathan, I would put in a traffic circle that goes through the Duke's sushi bar and has a refreshment stand in memory of the Albatross, the legendary old bar and bawdyhouse. Also, make Las Flores Canyon one way north so as to delay reporters leaving the Malibu Times office. Seriously: I think the parking situation there is totally out of hand. Too many employees and customers are parking on PCH, where the lanes are too narrow and misaligned through either section of intersection. Parking should be banned on the north side of PCH, east of Las Flores. Widen the lanes, align them correctly, make room for bikes out of the traffic lanes. And reduce the speed limit. PS You ready for the blizzard?
Malibu February 08, 2013 at 06:31 AM
This happens to me there at least once per week. They totally have them timed wrong.
Jonathan Friedman February 08, 2013 at 07:00 AM
2 feet of snow! I'm as ready as I can be.
John February 08, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Would an "all reds" for 4 seconds in these intersections help?
Max February 09, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Great suggestions! Longer amber traffic lights; and, "all red" for several seconds... probably negligible expense (just to reprogram control-box timers). And, if they don't already exist, place (for traffic in both directions) "flashing amber light" warning of traffic signal ahead. You would think with all the insurance claims filed as a result of this situation, that the insurance companies would approach Caltrans with such a proposal (after all, money talks...).
Jessica E. Davis February 12, 2013 at 08:05 AM
How did you fare in the snow Jonathan?

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