210 Construction Allegedly Cracks Man’s Windshield, Traffic Incidents Mount on Foothill Freeway

Published : Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 6:26 AM

Freeway210-5A motorist whose windshield was damaged in October 2017 as he passed a portion of the I-210 Freeway that’s being repaved is preparing to file damage claims with Caltrans, an KABC report Monday said.

John Bevan told the TV station he was driving on the Freeway along the nine-mile stretch that’s undergoing repavement when he passed a sandblaster. He said the machinery kicked up a small rock that hit his windshield, causing a small dent.

Bevan said he didn’t think anything of the dent, until it became a crack.

“You’ve got people that are stripping lanes at the wrong hour, putting lanes hither and yon,” Bevan told KABC. “You don’t know where you’re going from one day to the next, so it’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Caltrans estimates about 100,000 cars and trucks travel the 210 corridor every day, but only a small number of drivers have filed for damages seeking less than $10,000.

Caltrans public information officer Tim Weisberg say they’ve had 31 claims for damage since the project started, and 28 of those have been tendered to the contractor, according to the KABC report.

During construction, the 210 has seen the number of collisions rise sharply. In 2014 before the project started, there were 285 collisions. There were 531 in 2017.

The California Highway Patrol says the rise in collisions is because of an increase in vehicles and speed, happening not only in the I-210 construction zone but throughout the freeway.

“That’s not the only area that we’ve seen an increase,” CHP’s Ryan Bejar told KABC. “On the 5 Freeway as well as on the 210 in Pasadena, our traffic collisions have gone up as well.”

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