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

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

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.

Penny Brooks with GDOT says, “We are targeting open medians that are prone to vehicles losing control from driver error or rainy weather, that sometimes causes hydroplaning and then the vehicles will cross into on-coming traffic causing serious injuries and fatalities.”

The new barriers are made of steel instead of concrete similar to guard rails. They say these are easier to repair and more cost effective.

“The cable barriers are softer than concrete and steel beams and that results in less impact force and redirection," says Brooks.

The new cable barrier safety upgrade project will cover 21 miles northbound from the Harris county line. GDOT says choosing cable barriers makes it easier on cars, versus concrete. Brooks also says it’s easier to install.

The project is costing the state 2.4 million dollars and will be completed by the end of November.

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