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Controversial guardrails still won't be installed in La.

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, March 16 2015 Mar 16, 2015 March 16, 2015 10:20 PM March 16, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will not release the suspension it put on a controversial guardrail design until more tests are done even though federal inspectors believe the guardrail is acceptable to be used on the side of highways.

Last week, the government cleared the ET-Plus design of any safety concerns after a series of reports suggested a design modification, made to save the company that manufactures it about $50,000 a year, made the guardrail into a sheering metal killer that severed legs and lead to traffic fatalities. The concerns were the focus of an ABC News investigation in late 2014. But, ABC reported new findings from a government decision allows the system to be eligible for use on American highways.

Although, a separate evaluation continues into specific crashes involving the guardrails and Louisiana will not clear their use until that is complete, the Louisiana DOTD said in response to an inquiry by WBRZ News 2 Monday.  The state discontinued the use of the ET-Plus design in October.

Louisiana highway officials said the guardrails were likely already installed in the state, but said it has no exact record since it does not collect that data from contractors.
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