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September 14, 2012
A truck struck and killed a bicyclist about 10:35 a.m. Friday at Bayside Drive and East Coast Highway, a Newport Beach fire official confirmed. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was in her 20s or 30s, said Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles. She was riding eastbound on Coast Highway when the stake bed truck ran over her, he said. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet, said Sgt. Mark Hamilton of the Newport Beach Police Department. The truck was traveling eastbound on Coast Highway and was making a right turn onto Bayside, Boyles said.
NEWS
October 3, 2012
Sharrows are coming to Coast Highway through Corona del Mar, Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner announced in a letter. The road markings, which remind drivers and cyclists to share the road where there is no visible bike lane, will be installed in late October and early November, she wrote. The sharrows do not create new laws or rights-of-way for cyclists, according to the letter. The sharrows are intended only to note that cyclists can take up the full lane — though they still must follow all existing traffic rules.
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By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | September 14, 2012
A truck struck and killed a bicyclist about 10:35 a.m. Friday at Bayside Drive and East Coast Highway, a fire official confirmed to Corona del Mar Today. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was in her 20s or 30s, said Newport Beach Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles. She was riding eastbound on Coast Highway when a stake bed truck hit and ran over her, he said. She was wearing a helmet, said Sgt. Mark Hamilton of the Newport Beach Police Department. ...Continue reading "Cyclist struck, killed at Coast Highway and Bayside Drive"
NEWS
September 7, 2012
The 15th annual Pacific Coast Triathlon is planned for Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday morning. Drivers can expect a portion of the southbound lanes on East Coast Highway to be closed from early in the morning until about 11 a.m. Organizers didn't provide a specific start time. Race organizers also take over the Reef Point parking lot to stage the event. Pedestrians will not be able to cross Coast Highway to get into the coastal areas of the park except at the Los Trancos tunnel, until the road reopens.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
A driver who crossed into oncoming traffic on East Coast Highway initiated a seven-car crash that injured one and later closed the thoroughfare, authorities said Tuesday. The woman was driving westbound near Morning Canyon Road in Corona del Mar when she crossed into the eastbound traffic, hitting another vehicle at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, police said. The collision started a chain reaction. Despite the seven-car pileup, only one person was taken to Hoag Hospital, Fire Department officials said in an email.
NEWS
By Ron Hendrickson | August 14, 2012
In 2004, at the request of the city of Newport Beach, the state of California relinquished all responsibility, including maintenance and liability for the length of East Coast Highway that extends from Newport Coast Drive to Jamboree Road, to accommodate the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District (BID) in its efforts to make aesthetic improvements to the highway throughout its district. Only one mile of Coast Highway was needed for this effort, but the state required that the city take over three in perpetuity.
NEWS
September 20, 2012
I am an avid paddle boarder, paddling four days each week in Newport Harbor for several years. I also travel Coast Highway each day. The tragic accident and death of two cyclists this week are unfortunate reminders of just how dangerous and narrow Mariner's Mile is for traffic other than vehicles. I would suggest Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle focus her concerns on the safety of those on the streets, as opposed to our waterways. In all my years of paddling, I have yet to come close to an accident, have yet to see such an event, or read about such a tragedy comparable to what seems to be regular news on Coast Highway.
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By Jim Carnett | March 18, 2013
I remember it as though it happened yesterday. For me, it's a moment frozen in time. We were hurtling down Dover Drive at 85 miles per hour just two blocks from Pacific Coast Highway when it happened. Blaam! Talk about dumb. We were riding in my friend's ramshackle Ford as it simultaneously blew two of its bald tires — the left front and right rear. The car lurched across the center divider and went into on-coming lanes. Fortunately, at that moment, there were no cars in those lanes.
OCNOW
June 26, 2012
A vehicle heading westbound on East Coast Highway crossed the median and struck several cars heading the opposite direction in a seven-car crash that shut East Coast Highway for about two hours on Monday, police said. Police received a report of the crash at 5:30 p.m. near Morning Canyon Road. “There were seven vehicles involved in the accident and one individual was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries,” said Kathy Lowe, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.”The female driver that crossed over the center divider was driving a Honda Civic.” East Coast Highway was closed for about two hours for cleanup and police investigation, she said.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
Andrew Edwards Corona del Mar business owners will be able to spruce up Coast Highway after the City Council voted last week go ahead with a beautification project, though their plan lacked the support of the area's representative. Councilman Dick Nichols was the only member of the council to object to the project, which would involve the construction of landscaped medians along a stretch of the highway that slices through his district. The medians are slated to be built along Coast Highway between MacArthur Boulevard and Poppy Avenue, Corona del Mar business improvement district chairman John Blom said.
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By Jim Beauchamp and By Jim Beauchamp | April 22, 2014
On Friday, the Daily Pilot reported the death of a female cyclist on Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach ("Bicyclist dies after being struck by car " ). The accident occurred where Adams, a three-lane, 45-mph road, transitions from having a bike lane to no bike lane. On the same front page is a story about the Newport Bay Conservancy having concerns about the safety of Back Bay Drive and suggesting that runners and cyclists be banned from traveling south on the road. Such a ban would force cyclists to ride south on Jamboree Road, which has three lanes of heavy traffic, a 55-mph speed limit and no bike lane.
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By Leslie Daigle | March 28, 2014
I am pro-resident and pro-traffic flow. There is only one road in Newport Beach that touches all seven districts. It's one of only two east-west roads across the bay. Pacific Coast Highway is the lifeblood of our community. The closure of lanes at PCH and Dover Drive because of the Mariners Pointe project is creating inconveniences for motorists and bicyclists. PCH is a unique animal; it has two lanes in some places and four lanes in others. PCH and Dover is a choke point that tapers down to two lanes and needs to operate at maximum capacity.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 1, 2014
Driving down Coast Highway in Newport Beach, travelers know they have reached Corona del Mar when they pass by a pod of topiary dolphins - or are they manatees? The iconic plant sculptures have grown past the point of remedy, their sleek shapes no longer as clear as they once were, explained Corona del Mar Business Improvement District Chairman Bernie Svalstad. Leaf-trimming couldn't save the creatures; no specialty pruner could be found. So the city has stepped up to replace them.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
The Orange County coroner's office has identified a man killed in a two-car collision on East Coast Highway. Steve Needis, 58, of Costa Mesa, was killed in the crash that led to the closing of the highway Wednesday morning, authorities said. The crash occurred near East Coast Highway and Promontory Point Drive at 6:54 a.m., said Jennifer Manzella, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. The collision involved a black Nissan Maxima and a green Nissan Quest, she said.
NEWS
November 13, 2013
A man was killed in a two-car crash that closed the eastbound lanes of East Coast Highway on Wednesday morning, authorities said. The crash occured near East Coast Highway and Promontory Point Drive at 6:54 a.m., said Jennifer Manzella, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. The collision involved a black Nissan Maxima and a green Nissan Quest. The Maxima struck a pole during the collision and the male driver sustained major injuries. The Jaws of Life were used to extract him from the vehicle and he was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he later died.
NEWS
September 6, 2013
Parts of Coast Highway will be closed in Newport Beach on Sunday for the 16th Annual Kiwanis Pacific Coast Triathlon. Southbound lanes of the highway near Crystal Cove State Park's Reef Point parking lot will be shut down, according to a news release from the Newport Beach Police Department. Vehicles headed north and south will use northbound lanes, which could affect traffic from as early as 5 a.m. to as late as 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Also, pedestrians will not be allowed to cross Coast Highway in the affected area.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | September 3, 2013
An unidentified bystander stopped a runaway truck that caught fire Tuesday morning as it approached East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. An elderly man was driving southbound on Marigold Avenue toward the 3300 block of the highway just before 10:30 a.m., when his 1970 Chevy truck stalled and a large puff of smoke erupted from the engine, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kitch. "When the truck stalled, the driver jumped out, but the truck was still rolling toward East Coast Highway," he said.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | March 18, 2013
I remember it as though it happened yesterday. For me, it's a moment frozen in time. We were hurtling down Dover Drive at 85 miles per hour just two blocks from Pacific Coast Highway when it happened. Blaam! Talk about dumb. We were riding in my friend's ramshackle Ford as it simultaneously blew two of its bald tires — the left front and right rear. The car lurched across the center divider and went into on-coming lanes. Fortunately, at that moment, there were no cars in those lanes.
NEWS
By Malcolm Read | November 21, 2012
Don't making cycling more dangerous. "The recent deaths of two women cyclists have shocked the entire community", stated the Newport Beach Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee in the fall edition of the Corona del Mar Residents Assn. Newsletter. "We all mourn this tragic loss, but the planned solution will increase danger to cyclists rather than making them safer. " The newsletter says parked cars represent a hazard to cyclists — explaining that if someone opens a car door without looking, the cyclist gets "doored.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 24, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council voted to remove a temporary "pinch point" in Corona del Mar and pay more than $720,000 to repair a Central Library wall and remind community members about this Sunday's Memorial Bike Ride at its regular meeting Tuesday night. * Pinch point The city will remove temporary barriers that narrow the road near East Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard in Corona del Mar, but the council stopped short of scrapping the changes permanently. The pinch point, or the spot where the southbound East Coast Highway lanes merge, was moved closer to Avocado Avenue on a summer trial basis to see if it would be possible to incorporate more outdoor seating and landscaping along the highway.
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