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Cable barriers on southern Indiana interstates

They are meant to keep cars from crossing over on the interstate.  Now southern Indiana is getting cable barriers.

In the last two years, the Indiana Department of Transportation spent $20 million to test the effectiveness of cable barriers.  Those barriers are going up in Floyd and Clark counties.

The orange cones are up and, work has just begun on I-265 and State Street in New Albany to install median cable barriers along the interstate.  Clark and Floyd counties are some of the first areas in Indiana to get the cable barriers as part of a new project.

INDOT spokesman Marvin Jenkins says, "It not only prevents vehicles from crossing median, unlike old-fashioned barriers, this has more of a catching aspect, then solid impact."

The Indiana Department of Transportation's Seymour District is spending $5.3 million to put up the barriers.  Jenkins explains, "Keep in mind Seymour district covers 25 counties in southeastern Indiana."  Those include I-65, I-64, and I-265. 

The project is expected to be finished by this fall.  INDOT actually began testing the high-tension cable barriers in late 2005 to evaluate the effectiveness.  On I-65 between Zionsville and Lebanon, cable barriers were put up and they were hit 69 times in the first eight months.  There were no serious injuries.

Because of the test success, INDOT decided to start installing the barriers throughout the state.

In Jefferson County, Kentucky, there are 41 miles of cable barriers on I-64, I-71, and I-265.  Since the summer of 2006, the cable barriers have been hit 575 times, preventing hundreds of crossover crashes.

Cable barriers are currently being put up on the Gene Snyder between Dixie Highway and I-65.  That work is expected to be complete in October of this year.

With southern Indiana just starting its cable barrier project, INDOT is reminding drivers to be cautious in construction work zones.  INDOT says during construction, traffic may be down to one lane, but that should be minimal.

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