• Jul 23rd 2007 at 6:57PM
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California's Highway 138 was such a dangerous stretch of road that local authorities had taken to calling it "Blood Alley." To improve safety conditions and make the highway better overall for everyone traversing it, the government approved a $44 million road-widening project. Now, as you all know, these types of things are huge undertakings and driver inconvenience is one of the side effects.
Most people grit their teeth and suffer through the delays without making a big deal. Sure, they'll complain about them over their morning coffees at the office, but we all do that when road work interferes with our schedules. The state allowed the road to remain open during rush hour, but with restrictions. Escort vehicles led traffic through the work zone at a slow pace, one direction at a time. Naturally, that wasn't good enough for some commuters, and they took it out on the workers.

[Source: AP via Breitbart]

Construction workers doing highway projects have dangerous jobs. Many drivers don't respect what they're doing and put them in greater danger through negligence and inattentiveness. Every so often, we read of accidents that had tragic consequences as a result. Still, these aren't usually acts of malevolence. On Highway 138, that didn't seem to be the case, as Road Rage appeared to get the better of people.

The AP details several incidents, including one in which a worker was allegedly clipped by a motorist who was ultimately chased down at his home. Strangely, the accused had altered his appearance by shaving his moustache in the time it took the police to arrive. Another incident involved a worker who felt a stinging pain in her leg. When she looked down, she saw a BB laying on the ground next to it. Flying burritos (seriously) and acts of vandalism also plagued the site. The DOT even got a call from some crank who threatened to shoot at workers from a nearby water tower.

After a string of incidents, the DOT finally got fed up, and then it got tough. They shut down 138, and commuters are now forced to detour around the work zone completely. Unfortunately, local businesses are said to be feeling the economic effects of the reduction in traffic. On the upside, the widening project's now expected to be complete 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Maybe people will take notice of what happened here and think twice before acting like jackasses in the future. We won't hold our breath.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe the half of the workers that always seem to be standing around doing nothing on Caltrans jobs could hold shields to protect those actually doing the work?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice story and comments from all the readers. Problem is, IT'S NOT TRUE! This story has been bouncing all over the interwebs with lightning speed, and I find it disturbing since Caltrans never planned to keep it open at all. This is the second phase of a two summer project. Caltrans decided rather than leave the road open and take a year, they would shut it down entirely and be done in 3 months. Try doing some fact checking before you launch a tirade against every resident of San Bernardino, every illegal alien, and every California driver for that matter.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Obviously the truth takes second place to bigotry and snide remarks.

        I have always wondered how many people in California are actually full time residents in comparison to visitors and part time residents.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ummm...CHRIS KIM says "Damn Immigrants"? Let's get this straight. Chris KIM.

      Mr. Kim- if you didn't come from Korea, then your parents probably did. The level of hypocrisy required for someone like you to make such a comment is unimaginable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i'm so not surprised by this! it was actually shut down about 3 weeks ago when i was on my way to PHX...o yea, and locally, it's called Deathtrap HWY, not Blood Alley...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have dealt with Caltrans on several levels, and I also know people within Caltrans at several levels. It is incredible what they have to endure when working on, or building roads. The night is the worse with the most work fatalities owed to drunk drivers. Although politicians and insurance companies lobby to have more roads built, and lanes widened, anyone in Caltrans will tell you that it does not solve the problem. Immediately after a new lane is made, it is filled to capacity. Mass transit is the ticket, but we will never learn until it is too late.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How do immigrants fit into this? Everyone does it. Unless you refer to yourself, and all those like you who murdered, raped, and tortured their way across the land to drive out the natives.

      Instead of blaming immigrants for everything, try looking in a mirror. Then get your damn foot off the gas and slow down. If you think you might be late then leave early. The real problems are caused by idiots shoveling their responsibilities off on some one else. Those people were too stupid to leave early, to arrogant to believe that the world doesn't revolve around them, and attacked those who are only doing their jobs. They want to blame everyone but themselves, and in their immense stupidity and arrogance other people got hurt.

      It is not a racial thing, nor a regional thing. It has nothing to do with weapons, or politics, or gender, or religion, or immigration. It is sheer stupidity and arrogance trying to force others to take responsibility.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Do NOT feed the trolls. Please.
      • 1 Year Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      People who do this stuff should be drawn and quartered. I am so glad I am no longer in Cal. Azrael - you said it is not regional. Here where I live virtually everyone is calm and considerate on the road (except for one part of town). It is regional to be an asshole ... and very californian at that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish I could say I was surprised by this. Actually, I am surprised that the State got the balls to give the finger to the assholes and shut the road down entirely. I do consulting work to cities and counties in Southern California, and I've never known Caltrans to move that quickly and dramatically on anything. Good on 'em for it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      San Bernardino County. 'Nuff said.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yes very much nuff said

        I blame it on the fast pace culture were living in. Majority of the people are always driving fast, weaving in and out of traffic trying to get to their final destination 1 minute earlier, people shooting at random targets while on the freeway, people being greedy on the road not giving up your lane, etc etc etc etc
        Damn immigrants
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