MDOT Working to Prevent Median Crossover Accidents

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

These types of crossover accidents, one happening in DeWitt Tuesday, and another in Howell last month, are normally uncommon; especially happening on the flay, straight roads near Howell and DeWitt. But still, six lives are gone because nothing was in the middle of the medians to stop it.

MDOT just wrapped up a three month, $40 million project which added median cable guardrails to mostly, lower Michigan.

"We have put in now almost 300 miles of this cable barrier state wide," said MDOT Spokesperson Kari Arend, and she says they've already saved several lives.

Arend says this option is much cheaper than putting up more concrete and metal guardrails: "They have also been shown to stop anything, from a school bus to a semi, which as you can imagine if it crossed over, can create an even greater accident," adding they are particularly helpful during icy conditions.

As MDOT gets more money, they will be adding more, including in the Lansing area; their goal being to install these between as many Michigan freeways as possible.

MDOT also tells us the number of accidents in a certain area play a big role when it comes to deciding which highways get cable guardrails sooner than others.

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  • by Bob Felt Location: MDOT on Sep 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
    jd re:the information that you heard somewhere in the news, MDOT initially invested $40 million for about 300 miles of cable over a three-year period on certain stretches of Michigan freeways. Cable median barrier or cable guardrail is roughly $12-15 a foot, traditional guardrail is $28-30 a foot, and concrete is around $80 a foot.
  • by jd Location: lansing on Sep 20, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    Sarah, be careful what you ask for. a report on one of the news channels yesterday indicated that it cost 300 million dollars to put cables on a 40 mile stretch of road... that is one expensive solution.
  • by Sarah Location: Traverse City on Sep 20, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    The highway department still proves the lack of planning ability. You could do twice the protection simply by putting the cables down the middle of the medium. Vehicles would be less likely to deflect back into traffic and the protection would work for both sides. Typical DOT thinking; too much time and money spent on coffee breaks and retirement parties.
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