I-70 Median Cables Save Lives

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:36:28 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

Terrie Noyse keeps her guard up as she drives, but she admitted she can't control other drivers.


"People need to slow down, for one," said Noyse. "There have been way too many wrecks in the past three months just on this area right here."

It's easy to see how crashes happen, because the east- and west-bound lanes are only a few yards apart. And when they do happen, MoDOT takes about 10 days to fix the broken cable.

"We have a contract in place that helps us repair it," explained MoDOT engineer Eric Shroder. "We have a contractor we have already established to go out and fix it. Actually, we do it by e-mail. We e-mail him what needs to be repaired, and the crew goes out and fixes it for us."

It costs $100,000 a mile to install median cables, and about $1,000 to repair them after each crash. MoDOT said median cables prevented 140 crashes from becoming crossover-collisions in the past year.

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