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Continued: Cable barriers stop cross-median collisions, save lives

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 23, 2014 - 6:15 AM

A fairly simple fix

Damaged fences are fairly simple to fix. New posts are slipped in for bent ones, and loose cables reattached and tightened.

Gutknecht said most barrier repairs take about 30 minutes in the summer and perhaps two hours in the winter because of cold-related complications.

He said MnDOT averages about five days to fix damaged barriers, weather permitting, and it didn’t permit much this winter when response time was longer. He said no vehicles have gone over downed cables into the median.

The cables are less effective when snow piles against them, sometimes making it possible for cars to jump the fence.

So after initial snow removal, plows return to push snow away from cables, as well as guardrails and other barriers.

This spring in Coon Rapids, there are about 10 spots along Hwy. 10 where shiny new cable posts have replaced damaged ones, evidence that they’ve seen action.

The cables “have had a significant impact on safety,” said Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise. “Vehicles used to slide into oncoming traffic. That’s impossible with cables. They are saving lives.”

 

Jim Adams • 612-673-7658

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