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Wrong Way Crash Reinforces Need for Interstate Cable Barriers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) 

Video shows the moments before a wrong way crash on I-80 near West Branch.  Investigators are still trying to determine why 60 year-old Leif McGowan kept driving the wrong way for at least a mile and a half. He was the only person hurt in the crash. When it happened yesterday traffic was backed up for miles. Review of DOT cameras shows McGowan’s semi going the right way on I-80 east about three miles before the crash.  Read entire article.

 


April 8-12, 2019 is National Work Zone Awareness Week

Seeing orange vests and cones on the road often triggers frustration and short tempers.  This article from IntelliStrobe Safety Systems provides helpful reminders about safe driving in construction zones.  The theme for this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week says it all – “Drive Like You Work Here!”

Work Zone Safety: For Drivers

Every year in April, road workers across the country honor National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). This year NWZAW falls on April 8-12, and the theme is “Drive Like You Work Here.” Federal, state, and independent agencies will be hosting events and promoting awareness of all week long, but you can honor National Work Zone Awareness week all year long by being a safe and responsible driver.

In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, we’ve rounded up four safety tips for driving in work zones and being aware of what’s going on around you. After all, the safety of the workers inside the work zone depends on you.  Read entire article.


Cable Barrier Saves Truckers from Catastrophic Head-on Collision
Saved by the barrier.

A semi truck driver has shared dash cam video of a frightening near miss with another out of control tractor trailer.

The dash cam video was captured on I-40 about 60 miles east of Little Rock, Arkansas, on February 19.

In the video, you can see the dash cammer traveling in the left lane of the interstate when a truck heading the opposite direction loses control, barrels through the median, and seems just moments from entering oncoming traffic.

At the last moment, the oncoming truck driver hits a cable barrier in the median, preventing it from crashing into the dash cammer and other vehicles.


DOTD Installing Cable Barriers on I-10 in Jeff Davis Parish

JENNINGS, La. (KLFY) – Contractors are putting up cable barriers along Interstate 10 in Jeff Davis Parish and a small section of Calcasieu Parish.

The $7 million project began in April. The cable barriers are being installed from Jennings to Iowa.  The cable barriers are important safety features for the interstate.

They’re meant to minimize the risk of serious injury or death. They’re also meant to reduce serious damage to your car if you hit them.

“If you were to cross over the median you’re going to hit that cable barrier and kind of reflect back into your lane,” said Tammy York, the DOTD District 7 Public Information Officer. “You’re not going to cross that median. You’re not going to have those cross-median accidents.”

This test video from the Gibraltar Company shows a pickup truck going 62 miles an hour crash into a cable barrier. The barrier prevents the truck from going through to the other side.  Read full article and watch the video.


Cable Barriers in the Median on Michigan Highway Save Lives in Multi-Vehicle Pileup

They look like tuna-netting and tear up cars but Michigan’s cable guardrails save lives.

Plunging temperatures and freezing precipitation wreaked havoc on Michigan roads on January 12 (and many other days). Not one, but two eighteen-wheelers jack-knifed on a busy section of I-96 in Ionia County but it was the cable guardrails that saved lives. The posts were toppled but the steel ropes held and the trucks were prevented from crossing the median into oncoming traffic.  Read full article and watch video.


Georgia-DOT is moving forward with new safety cable barriers project on I-185

October 1, 2018 at 2:23 PM EST – Updated October 1 at 4:48 PM
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – G-DOT’s new the plan is to build what’s called cable barriers along the medians starting at the Harris County line right past exit 14.  They are calling it a proactive safety measure for drivers on 185 to avoid crossing over into the medians into on-coming traffic.  According to the state, there are about 21-thousand vehicles that travel along I-185 per day and G-DOT’s goal is to help reduce the number of traffic deaths after cars head for the median. Read more.


In-Service Performance Evaluation of Median Cable Barriers in Iowa

Median crossover crashes occur on divided roadways and involve an errant vehicle departing the travel lane, traversing the median, and striking either a fixed object on the roadside or an oncoming vehicle in the opposing direction of travel. These types of crashes are associated with the highest risk of fatal and severe injuries among all collision types on Interstates due to the increased travel speeds of the involved vehicle(s) and the sharp angle of vehicular impact. Median crossover crashes are caused by a variety of factors, including drowsiness, weather impacts, driver distraction, impaired driving, loss of control, and other factors. Read the entire report here.


Gibraltar Cable Barrier Systems Anticipates Continuing Growth Following Acquisition

 BURNET, TX – Gibraltar Cable Barrier Systems moved into 2018 in fast forward, after being acquired by Framework Capital Partners and Tecum Equity Partners in late 2017.  The leader in high-tension cable barrier systems for the transportation industry began with re-branding their identity under the Gibraltar Global corporate entity.  Read more.


The Minnesota Dept of Transportation Studies The Effectiveness of High Tension Cable Median Barriers

The Minnesota Dept of Transportation studied the cost and effectiveness of cable median barrier installations throughout the state.  Read the report

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Washington State Cable Median Barrier In-Service Study

The Washington State Department of Transportation conducted an in-depth study of Cable Median Barriers. This report documents Washington’s experience with cable median barrier by analyzing its initial installation cost, maintenance costs, maintenance experiences, and accident history before and after installation. The report is based on accident and maintenance report data associated with 24.4 total miles of cable median barrier located in three distinct locations along Interstate 5 (I-5).  Read the complete report.


Performance Assessment of Road Barriers in Indiana by the Indiana Dept of Transportation and Purdue University

An in-service performance study of widely used types of barriers was conducted for various road conditions in Indiana to help designers and highway engineers select the most promising solutions among viable alternatives.  Read the complete report.

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