Upgrades lead to dramatic drop in crashes on 'Blood Alley'

POSTED: 8:01 AM Jan 23 2014   UPDATED: 11:49 AM Jan 23 2014
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

One of the Northstate's most dangerous highways is a little less dangerous after recent safety improvements.

A series of fatal accidents in 2010 on Highway 99 in Tehama and Butte counties prompted the creation of a safety task force.    Some gave the dangerous stretch of road the nickname 'Blood Alley.'

Caltrans focused on making changes to improve the safety of the heavily traveled road between Chico and Red Bluff.      Some of the improvements included the installation of rumble strips in the middle and on the sides of the road, and a daytime headlight section.

A new report released Wednesday revealed the number of fatal crashes on Highway 99 was down 67 percent over the last three years.

The total number of crashes dropped 41 percent.    

The numbers are good news for the thousands of Northstate drivers who pass that way each and every day.