$1000 Reward for Road Painting Vandals, Says Caltrans
Could you use a $1000?
Information from Caltrans:
In addition to the Eureka Slough Bridge, the northbound Paul E. Mudgett Memorial Bridge on U.S. Highway 101 near Rio Dell in Humboldt County was once again recently vandalized with paint.
The newest concern regarding these occurrences is that the vandals are shattering glass bottles filled with paint in order to commit their crimes.
The sharp glass shards can pose a considerable hazard to motorists who regularly use the bridge — nobody wants to see a flat tire cause a collision of any kind.
On top of that, we’re concerned that paint could run off of the bridge and into our natural resources. We’ve also cited concerns that wet paint may cause traction issues for some road users, it can splash up onto vehicles causing damage to paint jobs or undercarriages, it can be a distraction to drivers, and — as you can see from the photo — it can cover safety markings on the road. Paint splashed on the center line of this same bridge contributed to a collision last year, when a driver noted that they had difficulty being able to tell where their lane ended prior to the collision occurring.
The biggest new takeaway: It has come to our attention that an upstanding and anonymous donor has offered up a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these possibly felonious crimes.
If you have information about who may be responsible, please contact us at 707-445-6600 or contact law enforcement (EPD: 707-441-4060, CHP: (707) 822-5981).