What's Redondo's Worst Intersection?

Help us find the worst street interchange in the area—and maybe get someone to do something about it.

Here in the land of bottlenecks and brakelights, everyone has an intersection they love to hate. Some are simply annoying; others, downright dangerous. A few examples come immediately to mind...

  • The one with the left-turn signal that doesn't let enough cars through each time.
  • The blind intersection where moving forward means risking a wreck.
  • The four-way stop that needs a signal.
  • The street corner where drivers regularly run red lights.
  • The signal where traffic backs up forever.
  • The neighborhood intersection that needs a stop sign.
  • The two-way stop that should be a four-way.
  • The intersection that lacks defined crosswalks.

For several weeks, Redondo Beach Patch has been asking readers to nominate and vote on their favorite places around town. (In case you missed it, we've already covered and .)

But we also want to hear about unfavorites—from the yuckiest public restroom to that recurring graffiti—in hopes of spurring public officials, merchants or others in the community to fix things up.

This week, we're looking at Redondo's worst intersections. Here are just a few suggestions to get the conversation started; as more intersections are nominated, we'll add them to the list. Nominated intersections are in bold:

South Redondo

  • Avenue A and Pacific Coast Highway
  • Knob Hill and Pacific Coast Highway
  • Torrance Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway
  • Irena Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway
  • Anita/190th Street and Pacific Coast Highway
  • South Broadway and Torrance Boulevard
  • Northbound Pacific Coast Highway after Beryl Street
  • Pearl Street and Pacific Coast Highway

North Redondo

  • Flagler Lane and 190th Street
  • Inglewood Avenue and 190th Street
  • Redondo Beach Boulevard and Artesia Boulevard
  • Inglewood Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard
  • Artesia Boulevard and North Redondo Beach Bike Path
  • Inglewood Avenue and 182nd Street
  • Rindge Lane and Artesia Boulevard
  • Mathews Avenue and Slauson Lane

Tell us about the street corner you dread the most: where it is and why you hate it. Vent, fume and fulminate all you like, but please keep the language clean. We’ll take nominees this week and vote for the city's worst cross streets next week.

Pam Williamson April 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I vote for Flagler and 190th! I don't know why it's so hard for people to understand a four way stop. Either drivers hurry through the intersection without stopping properly or they wait, confused, for way too long. And, when did we forget that the driver turning left waits until the on coming cars have cleared?? It's also dangerous for pedestrians.I have witnessed countless near misses. When my son was riding his bike home from school, I made him take Beryl to 190th instead of Flagler.
Melissa Sutton April 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I vote Artesia and the bike path. I have seen many accidents because people slam on their breaks because they don't notice it. It also backs up traffic during rush hour because people don't know what to do when it goes from solid red to flashing red.
Teddy Jakes April 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Anita/190th & PCH hands down. Two left turn lanes, one going to King Harbor, the other to PCH. I've seen a lot of drivers turn from the inner turning lane to the outer lane on PCH to "prove a point" and, while technically correct, nearly cause an accident.
Fernando April 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The reason why you have seen a lot of drivers do this is not to prove a point, it's to use the lane as it was intended. The drivers on the outer turning lane who try to turn onto PCH are the ones nearly causing an accident. That is also why police officers have been ticketing those drivers.
Vella April 16, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Oh man the intersection at Anita/190 and PCH!!?? If people would slow down the hill to actually SEE where the signs are pointing; it would be a magical day in Redondo Beach. As far as north Redondo I think Rindge and Artesia is the worse mainly because of the traffic coming out of Albertsons AND you got cars coming out of the drive thru at Taco Bell. It's really more of a pedestrian death trap. People ignore them ALL the time.
Rachel April 16, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I vote South Broadway & Torrance!! It's a 4 way intersection with only the N/S direction having stop signs & the E/W direction has no stop sign... but people get confused & stop anyways, or the N/S traffic gets confused thinking the E/W traffic has a stop sign, they go through the intersection & BAM! Accident... or the left hand turn pocket (for E/W traffic) doesn't realize the car coming at them (E/W) does NOT have to stop, proceed through their left turn & BAM! I live right by here & have seen so many darn accidents!
Doug Boswell April 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The frequent and, over the years, huge number of crashes at the intersection of Inglewood & 182nd St may well mark the most dangerous intersection in town. I live on that corner and have seen the carnage. Mostly fender-benders, but many with serious damage and injury. At least one death that I know of. Cars plowing through block walls, street lamps sheared off at the ground (I finally got the one on my corner moved away from the corner because it was knocked into my yard so often). My own Jeep Cherokee was totaled in front of my house a few years ago by a Lincoln Navigator that was speeding south on Inglewood, made a left too fast, and plowed into the back of my parked jeep, slammed it into the back of my neighbor's Ford Bronco and pushed the 2 vehicles a couple car-lengths down the street. My jeep was accordioned into scrap metal. Pedestrians trying to cross Inglewood, including school kids on the way to or from Washington or Adams, a block away, have had many close calls, including my daughter who was almost hit by a bus on the way to school. Even fire, paramedic and ambulance drivers know about this hazardous intersection. A popular route for those that use sirens, they slow down to just a few miles per hour to safely ease through the intersection. Everyone inside my house has to stop talking because you can't hear anyone over the noise. At one time I considered setting up a live webcam, and planned to call it carcrashcorner.com. -Tolstoy
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Of course it's the Anita/190th & PCH five-point intersection. Quite often when I am in the lane to turn South onto PCH from Westbound190th, vehicles in the 190th Westbound number two lane at that intersection -- obligated by law to turn into the Catalina Avenue merge lane -- turn South onto PCH. But there is no lane for them on PCH. So they turn into my lane, effectively turning into my car. I honk my horn all the time to avoid an accident. These people don't even seem to be aware of their infraction. Never a cop when you need one. By the way, "Teddy Jakes" in a previous comment suggests that Westbound drivers on 190th who turn South into the number two lane of PCH from the appropriate 190th Left turn lane are being reckless. I turn into the number two lane to avoid the danger and hassle of having to merge/lane-change into it in heavy traffic (quickly enough to be able to turn into the Albertson's parking lot). That is not, "driving to prove a point" as Mr. Jakes wrote. That is conducting oneself is as a safe and prudent driver should.
Stu April 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
One day the folks in the city governments of Hermosa and Redondo will meet to discuss traffic signal light timing on northbound PCH at 190th. But I'm not hopeful.
Stu April 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I nominate the "intersection" of Northbound PCH north of Beryl. Drivers stop in the "fast" lane to make a left turn into the shopping center when by just driving a short distance farther they could turn left from a left turn lane. Heads up and locked?
Joi April 16, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I vote for PCH and Pearl in S. Redondo. I have seen 3 horrible accidents in the passed year, not only with crossing peds but also cars trying to turn onto or off of PCH. A few years ago button-activated flashing ped crossing lights were installed across PCH in this spot, but the wind activates the lights sometimes so now people driving don't really stop even when the lights ARE flashing. Not to mention that it's even risky just crossing Pearl if you're walking on the east side of PCH, since people fly around the corner off of PCH and hardly glance onto the sidewalk. Hopefully things will change...I can see the intersection from my desk and I don't like that there's a high chance I'll see another accident here. C'mon people, lets be a little more careful out there!
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Thanks, everyone! I've added your nominees to the list. Keep 'em coming!
Alison Clay-Duboff April 16, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I couldn't agree with you more! It needs a traffic light or stop sign or something!!!
Alison Clay-Duboff April 16, 2012 at 09:28 PM
You can truly see that this is an important issue for us Redondo Beach residents. Thank you PATCH for keeping the community involved. Alison
Rita Loy April 16, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I agree that this is a bad intersection. The problem I see with this intersection is westbound climbs up the hill on a 17% grade and when they get to the top they have a slight turn. This intersection is basically blind to those who are westbound. It use to have a signal many years ago and there were more accidents.
Teddy Jakes April 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I agree that drivers who turn from the inside to the outside lane from Anita to PCH are in the right. I wasn’t referring to every driver who does this as trying to prove a point but describing those that obviously get a thrill from driving aggressively in dangerous situations.
melisa April 17, 2012 at 03:23 AM
MATHEWS AVE & SLAUSON LANE- Mathews has a stop sign - but Rindge does not. Because cars park on Slauson - you can not see if any cars coming. My theory is - "if you can't see - you might as well go" and hope for the best. Please put a stop sign at Mathews and Slauson. Thanks - Melisa
D April 18, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Yup thats right, Im one of them. When Im on the inside lane, I can turn on to PCH, I can take the inner or outer lane. The outer most turning lane must go on to Catalina, there is a sign and its the law. What I do is not nearly causing an accident, the idiot in the outer lane not observing the sign "Catalina ONLY" and trying to get on to PCH illegally is the one nearly causing the accident.
Savio April 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
North Redondo - any road that intersect Grant Ave when making a right and yielding to traffic going east and west. With cars parked on the curb it makes it very difficult to see what is oncoming. The city should look at these blind spots and push cars further away from intersections.
Doug Boswell June 12, 2012 at 01:06 AM
OK folks, at about 5:30pm on June 11th, during rush hour traffic we had a nice loud crash on the corner of Inglewood Ave and 182nd St. Big traffic jam ensued, as one car could not be driven out of the intersection. Some commuters showed no tact at all as they sounded their horns while sitting in the jam-up. One driver was pretty shook-up, but no one was injured. See the pictures above, SUV vs small sedan.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Wow, thanks for posting! Is traffic still backed up?
Doug Boswell June 12, 2012 at 01:21 AM
At 6:19pm, everyone is gone, the cars have been pulled onto flatbeds and hauled off, traffic is moving normally, and only some small bits of plastic remain in the intersection. Accident? What accident?
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Thanks for the info; I'm going to put up a quick story since your photos are good. :)
Doug Boswell September 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Here we go again... at about 4:40pm today (Sat 9/23/12), there was a loud and dramatic car crash on Inglewood Ave between 182nd St & 182 Place. According to witnesses a white minivan traveling south on Inglewood went out of control (someone said the accelerator was stuck), careened off a north-bound white pickup truck, taking off the front driver-side wheel, then veering toward the west curb, jumped the curb, crashed through a wooden telephone poll and sheared off a fire hydrant, and finally came to a rest in the middle of 182nd Place several feet off Inglewood Ave. Several cars had minor damage from flying metal, with the only injuries known so far are the driver of the mini-van. Police and fire units arrived on the scene within 10 minutes, cut the driver-side door off the mini-van and took the driver away in an ambulance. Needless to say, traffic on Inglewood has been diverted around this stretch of Inglewood Ave, and is severely backed up. Probably best to find an alternate route.


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