Former Palisadian-Post editor Bill Bruns spoke to a March 7 Optimist Club meeting on “Pacific Palisades: The Past, the Present and the Future.” Looking to the future and the next 50 years, Bruns made five predictions. He predicted the notorious intersection at Chautauqua and PCH would still be a frustrating challenge.
That may change.
At the Pacific Palisades Community Council Zoom meeting held March 23, Tim Fremaux, Sr. Transportation Engineer, said residents can expect changes in late April at that intersection. Two roads feed into and off PCH, which is a six-lane highway.
Fremaux said the City, which has control over Chautauqua and West Channel, has received a permit from Caltrans, which controls Pacific Coast Highway.
There are two lanes that go onto PCH from Chautauqua. The right lane allows people to turn west and east on PCH. The left lane only allows turns onto West Channel Road. The road is well-marked, but many people ignore the signs.
Traffic backs up on Chautauqua for people wanting to turn on PCH. Many drivers instead wait in the left lane and cut into the right lane at the last minute, maybe saving as much as five minutes.
That will be no more.
The City is proposing a buffer-barrier between the right and left lanes, so people will not be able to cut in. “We’re hoping compliance will be higher,” Fremaux said.
The second change will be on PCH.
For people traveling west on PCH from Santa Monica towards Pacific Palisades and Malibu, there are currently two lanes from which a driver can turn right onto Chautauqua or West Channel Road. In that second right-turn lane a driver is allowed to go straight or turn.
“There will now be only one right-hand lane to make a turn,” Fremaux said. “The other three will be for travel on PCH only.”
He assured the PPCC that the work done on Chautauqua and PCH will not take place during peak periods, and that only one lane will be taken away at a time.