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State Workers to Begin Installing Safety Barriers Along I-70
January 7, 2009 - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will begin installing cable safety barriers along Interstate 70 next week at locations in Marion, Hancock and Wayne Counties. Traffic will be slowed to 45 mph as crews from C-Tech Corporation, the state’s contractor, construct these “wire rope” fences in the I-70 median between Indianapolis and Greenfield and in the Richmond area.
Thirteen miles of cable will be tensioned on posts from Mitthoeffer Road to State Road 9 during daylight hours next Monday through Friday. The westbound shoulder area will be restricted at work zones, but travel lanes will remain open under reduced speed. Later, another 7.7 miles of cable safety barriers will be placed from Centerville Road to S.R. 227.
Cable safety barriers have proven to be effective in preventing serious cross-over median crashes. These fences use high-tension cable to guide cars or trucks crashing into them along the wires. Ultimately, the vehicles are captured between the wires. Chances are improbable that a vehicle would cross the median into oncoming traffic - or bounce back into a traffic lane. For this reason, INDOT has committed $20 million to build cable safety barriers along 150 miles of Indiana interstate highway. Specific locations are determined by accident statistics and profiles.
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