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Expressways Advance to Six Lanes, Accident Risks Increase

December 31, 1969

Officials with the California Department of Transportation (Caltran) and those with the city and county of Merced as well as the Merced County Association of Governments, recently teamed up and broke ground on the close to $130 million Arboleda Drive Project on Highway 99.
"It is critical to the economic vitality of the state, and this project will ensure that the highway is wide enough for goods and traffic to move smoothly," said Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans Director.

Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers understand that this area, specifically Highway 99, is one of the most agriculturally productive regions not only in the country, but in the entire world. This project was able to collect more than $90 million through Proposition 1B. This Prop was the bond issue approved by state voters back in 2006. Currently, there has been close $15 million of these funds handed out to projects across the state.

Under the new project, Highway 99 will be upgraded to a six-lane expressway instead of its current four-lane roadways. The portion of this road that will be upgraded will include the seven-mile area of the road just south of Merced between the Miles Creek Overflow and Buchanan Hollow Road. It will also be adding a new interchange at Arboleda Road.

Officials expect that the project will be done sometime in mid to late 2015.

We're asking drivers to be cautious on these roadways. Expressways are dangerous and are the backdrop for many of our state's fatal accidents. There aren't any traffic lights or crossing guards. It's pretty much a free for all out there and you need to practice safe driving habits to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and other motorists.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that you don't follow other vehicles too closely. You always want to make sure that you can slow down and stop in time should there be a hazard or a roadway danger. The faster you travel, the more time you're going to need to react and to stop.

Keep your speed and pace calm and steady. Depending on your vehicle, you don't want to stay at high RPMs for very long. Usually 3,500 will do just fine. Staying any higher can increase your risks for overeating, more wear on your car and more wasted fuel.

Be aware of your surroundings. Look for obstructions and debris on and along the road. Make sure you know where cars are located all around your car.

Make sure that you're always using your turn signal on expressways. You want to make sure that you make your maneuvers in traffic as predictable as possible.

Where ever or whenever you drive, you want to make sure that you adjust your driving to the current road, weather and traffic conditions. Slow down when you're driving at night, when traffic is congested and even when the roads are icy or wet.

Just have fun, focus and enjoy a safe trip.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard for a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.

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