SAN FRANCISCO — Caltrans has completed a major safety upgrade at a stretch of Highway of Tears in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The $5 million upgrade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and Caltrans says it will be able to move about 50,000 vehicles annually.
The highway of hope is one of the most important routes to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles and from San Jose to Los Vegas.
The $5.4 billion project was a $2 billion, $1.9 billion and $1 billion expansion project in 2016.
The California Department of Transportation said that for the first time, Caltrans is working with contractors to increase the amount of fencing along the road to stop people from riding motorcycles and other motorized vehicles.
CalTrans says the fencing will increase the visibility of the roadway and make it more difficult for people to hit pedestrians.
The agency said the fence will not stop motorcycles, but it will prevent people from getting onto the freeway.