You’ve undoubtedly traveled on highway 395. This legendary highway serves as a major artery from the greater Los Angeles area to Ridgecrest and beyond. While this highway is a vital transportation access-way for Ridgecrest and communities of the Eastern Sierra, it also holds a dark and deadly history that unfortunately has taken the state of California far too long to fix.
Highway 395 is significantly undersized for the amount of vehicles that travel on it daily. In areas south of Ridgecrest, this major thoroughfare has many segments with only a single lane for each direction of traffic. Additionally, there are frequent reports of vehicles crossing over solid yellow lines. Over the last decade, this has led to dozens of head on collisions, many fatal.
The state of California has allocated resources to widening the segment, but it may take two more years for the expansion project to be completed. The expansion cannot come soon enough. Last month, there was yet another deadly head on collision on this highway just south of Ridgecrest.
So what can you do as a Ridgecrest resident to help save lives on the 395?
1) Support the “Save Lives on the 395” Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveLivesOn395/
2) Report any and all dangerous traffic maneuvers (vehicles crossing solid yellow line) to the CHP.
3) Stay alert and drive defensively – spread the word of the dangers so that others can stay alert and cautious while driving this dangerous stretch of road, until the widening project has been completed.
Local support has prompted California to begin widening the segment. With continued vigilance, we can ensure safe travel until the segment has been fully widened.