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I-35 will get safety overhaul in county

I-35 will get safety overhaul in county

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Stillwater NewsPress - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX

Jun 12, 2010 -- STILLWATER, Okla. -- Interstate 35 north of the S.H. 51 interchange will be safer soon, Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cole Hackett said.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently awarded a $607,000 contract to Action Safety Supply, Co., of Oklahoma City to install a cable-barrier safety system in the median.

The system is a series of poles and cables that redirects vehicles that careen into the median. It is designed to prevent head-on crashes, and is a good solution when the median is too narrow for a concrete barrier, Hackett said.

The system isn't new. It debuted on Lake Hefner Parkway in Oklahoma City in early 1990.

"We tested it for a couple of years," he said, adding it prevented a lot of accidents.

It also saves money. A few poles and cable can be replaced if the cable barrier is damaged in an accident. It's less expensive to repair then damaged concrete barriers, he said... FULL ARTICLE

 

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