MDOT to Install Guardrails on U.S. 23

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Nearly 300 miles of Michigan freeway is getting $40 million in steel cable guardrails to prevent vehicles from crossing medians into opposing traffic.
The Detroit News reports Monday that U.S. 23 in Livingston County's Green Oak Township is among the areas scheduled to get the cables, most likely in 2012. That's where the driver crossed a median in October and smashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing four people in injuring four others.
Other freeways that are expected to receive or already have the cable system include Interstates 94, 96, 196, 75, 275 and 69.
The high-tension cable strung along the median are designed to keep vehicles that lose control from sliding into lanes of oncoming traffic.
Some motorcyclists, however, have voiced concerns the cables could be dangerous to them.

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  • by Morgan Location: East Lansing on Mar 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM
    It's sad that 5 amazing lives had to be taken before these guard rails could be put installed......
  • by Gail Location: Okemos on Mar 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    M Dot had said the same thing 2 years ago after another fatal cross over accident. Why can't it be done now! 2012 is not soon enough. They have known for at least 6 years that stretch of highway is an extremely dangerous, overused poorly designed highway. How many more will die before they are actually installed. It should be the first thing they do this summer. If it had been a child of a politician or an Mdot official killed, the dividers would be in already.
  • by Holly Location: Okemos on Mar 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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