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February 16, 2012
For Immediate Release
STATE AGREES TO CONDUCT TRAFFIC SAFETY STUDY ON STATE ROUTE 138
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The State Department of Transportation has initiated a traffic engineering study on State Route 138 between Interstate 5 and the San Bernardino County line in response to an Antonovich motion unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Antonovich’s motion proposed that the state implement technological advances and updated cautionary signage utilizing solar power to improve safety on the 138.
The 69-mile route is considered one of the most dangerous stretches of state highway according to Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol. “Over the years, the County has successfully advocated for improved safety measures including widening, adding lanes, and improving turn signals,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “More can still be done to make State Route 138 safer — including upgrades to the signage utilizing solar energy to power flashing lights that would improve the visibility and attention drawn to these signs.”
The state anticipates that the study will be completed within the next three months and its results will be reported to the Board of Supervisors.