WSDOT replaced sections of low-tension cable barrier with high-tension cable barrier. High-tension cable barrier is easier to maintain. In addition, the increased tension keeps the cable taut even after some of the posts are knocked down. This increases the probability that the barrier will continue to offer some protection until repairs can be made.
Cable median barrier helps prevent cars from crossing the median and potentially causing deadly head-on collisions. According to statewide statistics, 95 percent of cars that hit the cable barrier are stopped from crossing the median. No barrier can stop every mishap every time, but cable barrier greatly improves safety for drivers. Visit our photo site for photos of recent collisions involving cable median barrier.
Partnerships & Cooperation
This project was fully funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Total federal funding - $9.0 million
Summer 2010 work on I-5, I-90, and US 12
Paul Gonseth, Project Engineer
Mike Westbay, Communications
Dustin Terpening, Communications
Spring 2010 work on SR 8, US 101, and US 303
WSDOT Aberdeen Project Office
Scott Ireland, Project Engineer
4801 Olympic Highway
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Spring 2010 work on US 395 north of Spokane
Bob Hilmes, Project Engineer
WSDOT Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99207
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