Over the past five years, the intersection of U.S. Route 395 and Three Flags Road has seen almost two dozen traffic collisions.

Early next year, the intersection will get a little safer: The California Department of Transportation has green-lit stoplights at the intersection.

On September 28, a motorcyclist died after he struck the side of an 18-wheeler truck in the intersection.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Roxanne Walker, more than a third of collisions at the intersection have led to injury or death: Of the 23 collisions, seven have caused injury and two have caused death.

"The signal poles have been ordered," Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said. The department "did a field study and determined the [need was] there to initiate construction."

The stoplights will likely be installed in early 2008, she said.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.