Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is a four-lane state highway (SR-1) traveling in an east-to-west direction along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean that is part of a major coastal artery providing access to the many canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, several major beaches, and many other residential and commercial developments in the area. PCH is also part of the most direct route between the Ventura / Oxnard area and the coastal cities of Los Angeles County.

PCH sign

Within the Malibu city limits are 21 miles of PCH owned and maintained by the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The City of Malibu is neither responsible nor liable for maintenance of the state highway.

Reporting Unsafe Conditions

Members of the general public are encouraged to report conditions they observe on PCH that may pose a safety hazard. For unsafe conditions that require immediate response, such as flooding, fallen trees, mud and debris slides, road/lane washouts, etc., call 9-1-1. Caltrans District 7 works closely with public safety departments throughout Los Angeles County, and 9-1-1 call centers will contact the appropriate Caltrans department to respond.

For other conditions on traffic lanes or shoulders that do not require immediate response, such as potholes, overgrown brush, broken sprinklers, graffiti, litter, rough pavement, downed, broken or missing signs, etc., the public can notify Caltrans by submitting an online Caltrans Maintenance Service Request, or by calling 213-897-3656 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

PCH Safety Study

The City, in collaboration with Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), conducted the PCH Safety Study to examine current road conditions, determine accident patterns, assess traffic conflicts, and develop strategies to improve safety on PCH in Malibu. The study's final report, which was approved by the City Council in July 2015, concluded with recommendations for measures to improve safety along the PCH corridor for motorists, cyclists, transit riders, and pedestrians.