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    :: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 ::

    Angry motorists drive Calif. to close highway - By Hector Becerra and Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
    Road crews had no idea what they were in for when work began on the 138.

    Flagmen working for contractor Skanska Inc. were soon targeted as tempers began to flare.

    They were cursed at and had objects, including a burrito, flung at them. Other workers' equipment was sabotaged.

    One motorist threatened to climb a water tower and shoot workers with a high-powered rifle, said Terri Kasinga, a Caltrans spokeswoman.

    For a while, the situation improved amid broad community support for the improvements. But since last fall, three workers have been physically attacked or otherwise harmed by motorists.
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