AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The project is among a series aimed at improving Highway 138, nicknamed “Blood Alley” in the 1990s because of fatal crashes – many of them head-on collisions when motorists tried to pass other vehicles. Much of the highway’s traffic is from outside the Antelope Valley, since many local motorists avoid the highway whenever they can. The highway is an alternate route for motorists traveling between the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and Las Vegas. The highway will be widened east to 165th Street East in the latest project. A temporary bridge will be built beside the existing ones over Big Rock Wash for use during work on the permanent bridge. Big Rock Creek’s twin bridges have been the site of crashes that included one in which three people were killed in 1995. Lawsuits over that crash led to a $3 million settlement from Caltrans in 2002. The area is the only stretch of highway for several miles in which there is no road shoulder where drivers can escape if an oncoming vehicle crosses the center line. Caltrans has done work in the area in recent years to improve safety, including removing dips to improve motorists’ visibility. In the $8.8 million project finished in January, workers added two lanes, a median left-turn lane and shoulders from Longview Road in Pearblossom to 146th Street East. A total of 13 widening projects of varying lengths are proposed on the highway between Littlerock and the San Bernardino County line. Environmental studies have been approved for all. For additional information, please contact the Caltrans Public Affairs Office at (213) 897-3630 or (213) 897-3656. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LLANO – A $17.9 million construction project is expected to begin within a month to widen a 2.1-mile section of Highway 138 to four lanes and to replace two narrow bridges over Big Rock Wash. With the second phase of a four-lane widening project recently completed for 1 miles east of Pearblossom, the new project is expected to start in late March or early April and to be completed in fall 2007. “It will improve safety and add capacity, help to relieve congestion and aid in the rapid movement of goods and services,” said Jeanne Bonfilio, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans officials will provide information about the widening’s second phase and answer questions during a community meeting scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. April 6 at the Crystalaire Country Club, 15701 Boca Raton Ave. in Llano.