Former "death trap" now safe for truckers and motorists Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held this morning for the State Route 132/Bird Road Interchange in Vernalis. The ceremony culminated 20 "years in the making", celebrating a new interchange, with related highway improvements done through cooperation of competitors, at State Route 132/Bird Road. Once called a "death trap" because of the necessity for making a dangerous left hand turn, especially in foggy weather, from Bird Road onto SR 132 it was hailed this morning as an improved safety route for both truckers and motorists. Several gravel quarries are located in the Vernalis area, due to significant aggregate deposits that blanket the area near State Route 132/Bird Road. The prior intersection could not accommodate the current and projected trucks needed to transport these resources to market. The materials at these quarries serve the construction industry throughout the greater San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco Bay Area.