MoDOT Finishes I-70 Median Cables
No driver wants to use the protective cables, but they can provide a barrier between life and death.
"I was going home to Callaway County, and I hit ice," remembered Kristina Nickelson, "and I just slammed right into it."
The cables stop out-of-control vehicles from crossing the median into oncoming traffic. MoDOT research shows cables prevent 94% of cross-over crashes from reaching the other side of the highway.
"It is this barrier that is working so well at preventing those cataclysmic crashes," said Director Pete Rahn.
MoDOT engineers chose cables because they "give" when vehicles hit them.
"The other reason is that it is one of the lower cost options," said Don Hillis, "which means that we can do more faster."
Now that the I-70 project is complete, MoDOT plans to put cables in the medians of I-44 and I-55.
"My grandpa worked for MoDOT for many years," said Nickelson, "so I called him right away and thanked him for all of this work."
Before MoDOT installed cables, there were 24 deaths from cross-over crashes in the state. That number fell to six last year, with four of those fatalities occuring at locations without median cables.