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Crashes increase at dangerous interchanges in San Bernardino

March 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Travel along portions of the northbound 215 and eastbound 210 freeways have made driving a traffic nightmare for commuters.

The area is undergoing a major renovation to widen a section of the roadway with two new connectors.

Since construction began in 2010, the California Highway Patrol has also noticed a spike in traffic-related incidents.

Along the 259 freeway connector, the number of collisions jumped from 21 in 2008 to more than double that in 2010.

"A lot of it is due to distracted drivers and also the speed," said CHP Officer Mario Lopez. "People have to slow down in construction areas more so during inclimate weather."

The CHP says they are doing what they can to cut down on the number of crashes with patrols.

But despite signs directing people where to go, unfamiliarity continues to be a problem.

"It seems like there is a lot of rush because a lot of people are confused," said commuter Adam Jackson of Bloomington. "A lot of confusion right there."

The California transportation agency in charge of the construction says the two interchanges are due to be completed by 2012.

In the meantime, the CHP says they will be cracking down on distracted drivers during the month of April.

They will be paying particularly close attention to these interchanges, looking for anyone not paying attention to the roadway.