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More cable barriers will line I-10 in BR area

6 months 1 week 4 days ago December 15, 2016 Dec 15, 2016 Thursday, December 15 2016 December 15, 2016 4:06 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

RAMAH – The state continues to add miles to its cable barrier system that is designed to keep head-on collisions from happening on the state's interstate system.

Monday, work will begin in Iberville Parish where the cable system will be installed between the Basin Bridge and the Grosse Tete exit. Heavy-duty cabling is tightly pulled between a series of metal posts in the median, stopping vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic on the other side of the interstate.

A May 2015 story on WBRZ.com showed video of a wreck involving an RV where the barriers stopped the out-of-control rig from slamming into oncoming traffic on I-10. While debris was thrown across both sides of the interstate, authorities said had the cable barriers not been in place, the RV would have been able to freely travel into the other lanes. Instead, the barriers caught the rig and blocked it from fully crossing into oncoming traffic. The rig ended up on its side on the left side of the opposite travel lanes.

"While not designed for heavy articulated vehicles like a motor home, the system was able to redirect a vehicle weighing over 20,000 pounds," State Police said at the time.

Months earlier, in January 2015, WBRZ.com reported the state expected to have cable barriers along all interstates between 2018 and 2020.

Barriers have already been set up in Ascension Parish.

The state highway department said in 2015, it was rolling out barriers in places where cross-over crashes are more frequent.

Work in Iberville Parish starts Monday, December 22.  The project will require nightly lane closures until Thursday, December 22.  Closures will occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

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