Posted: Jan 3, 2013 5:07 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Jan 3, 2013 5:33 PM
GROSSE TETE- A crash that killed a North Carolina man last night could prompt the state to move faster in installing cable barriers for the median of I-10 West of Baton Rouge near Grosse Tete.
"Our plan is to attack the areas that have had the highest incidents," said Jodi Conachen with DOTD today. "We want to make sure we put cable barriers in those areas first and then we can continue to move through the rest of the state."
Ryan Bertholot and his friends travel down I-10 on a regular basis to go duck hunting. He was happy to hear DOTD was working on putting up some protection.
"We always see people falling asleep at the wheel, things of that nature," he told News 2.
According to the Louisiana State Police, the man was travelling eastbound on I-10 around 9 p.m. when he crossed the median and ended up in the westbound lane, where he was hit by an oncoming car.
It's incidents like those DOTD says they're trying to prevent with cable barriers.
"It will help protect people from those crossover head-on collisions. The barrier creates a net if someone ends up in the median, " said Conachen.
80 miles of barriers between Baton Rouge and New Orleans were just completed. The whole project will cost nearly $1 million.
Bertholot says that's money well-spent.
"It can save a lot of lives and help out a lot in the long run," he said. "How much is the price for one life?"
DOTD says putting up barriers across the state will take three to five years.