Indiana’s getting cable.
Cable barriers, that is, in a test program that will place
the safety devices in the medians along several miles of Interstates 65, 465
and 69. The high-tension guide wires are designed to prevent vehicles that
leave the roadway and cross into the median from striking vehicles in the
The barriers – which cost about $100,000 per mile to
install, according to The Associated Press – are not an Indiana exclusive. Other states have also experimented with their usage, with Missouri opting to install the cables between the lanes of most of its roadways.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials claim the
experimental system can withstand the impact of a box truck.
“They are not tested and federally approved to stop a semi,” INDOT Spokesman Will Wingfield told The AP. “But if it can stop a box
truck, it can have an impact on a semi. They are significantly stronger than
those in other states.”