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CHP Data Shows a Surge in Collisions During Cajon Pass Project

CAJON PASS-(  There is finally an end in sight for the $120 million dollar I-15 project funded by the State of California, more commonly known as the Cajon Pass Project. “Substantial Completion still stands for Spring 2016,” said CalTrans spokeswoman Anibal Guerrero.

To commuters that drive up and down the Cajon Pass all week, this is the end of what some have called a “traffic nightmare” or even a “death trap”.  Although there were no final numbers in collisions or a death toll, the community witnessed the increase in collisions in the general area.

Victor Valley News contacted both CalTrans District 8 as well as the California Highway Patrol Inland Division, for this exclusive update. The California Highway Patrol helped to provide the statistics requested but added that the 2015 statistics are incomplete due to a delay in reporting. We will follow-up on that information and update once complete.

The Cajon Project began on April 6, 2014, the statistics requested by Victor Valley News included the three years leading up to the construction as well as a few months prior to the onset in 2014. CHP Inland Division Spokesman Brian Alvarez told Victor Valley News that the numbers are approximate.

“The collisions are for both northbound and southbound lanes from Oak Hill Rd. to Sierra Ave. on Interstate 15,” said Alvarez. The data collected by the California Highway Patrol is as follows:

According to the California Highway Patrol data, the increase in collisions went up an average of 60 percent in 2014 in comparison with the three years leading up to the construction. As mentioned, 2014 only provides data for around 9 months of construction since construction began in April 2014.


Year Approximate # of total Collisions Approximate # of fatal Collisions
2011 430 5
2012 443 5
2013 462 7
2014 738 5



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