Ballot Measure M Proposes New High Desert Rails & Freeways

One of the many projects and programs that would receive funding under the Measure M sales tax ballot measure in the upcoming November 8th election is the Caltrans and Metro High Desert Corridor program. If funded, this program would allow the construction of a new 63-mile freeway between the Antelope Valley and San Bernardino County, along with a 36-mile bikeway running from 39th Street in Palmdale to U.S. 395 and the possible production of a high-speed rail line from Palmdale to Victorville and Las Vegas. Likewise, this project would also provide space for sustainable energy production within the corridor.

As far as the rail line is concerned, if the Los Angeles to San Francisco and Victorville to Las Vegas bullet train lines are funded and constructed, this project would potentially bring about the existence of a bullet train network connecting Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Victorville, Palmdale, Bakersfield, Fresno, San Jose, and San Francisco, allowing individuals to travel across the state within a matter of hours.

How Could This Be Beneficial?

According to Caltrans, the project would help relieve traffic congestion within the region and route continuity between the 14, 18, and 15 freeways. Likewise, the new High Desert Corridor would act as an alternate route to the notoriously dangerous 138 freeway, allowing trucks and traffic to move from the Central Valley and 15 freeway and access eastward routes.

The California 138 freeway is widely regarded to be one of the most deadly highways in the nation, having earned the nicknames “Blood Alley” and “Death Trap Highway” due to its twisting mountain segments and overloaded traffic. According to a report by the L.A. Times, from 1995 to 2000, the road experienced 56 fatalities and another 875 injuries – 410 of which were serious or life-threatening. While improvements to the road began in 2006, the roadway still continues to be the site of numerous horrific collisions, many of which involve commercial trucks.

Hopefully, this measure will be passed and relief will be achieved sooner rather than later. In the meantime, however, drivers must exercise extreme caution when traveling across CA 138 to minimize their risk of a collision. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident on CA 138 or any other patch of highway throughout the Lancaster, Palmdale, or Antelope Valley region, contact the personal injury lawyers at Accident Attorneys today. Having recovered more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured clients, our attorneys have what it takes to help you pursue full and fair compensation for your suffering.

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