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New cable barriers in five Kentucky counties

Cable barriers are going up on two heavily traveled highways in five Kentucky counties.

Quite simply, that's because they have proven very effective and because it's believed many lives have been lost recently because the barriers weren't there.

March 19th, five people died on Interstate 65 in Hart County after a pickup truck crossed the median and hit a car head-on. And just last month, a Metro Police officer and another driver were hurt in another crossover crash on the Gene Snyder.

Governor Steve Beshear says these crashes and a rash of others like them recently are part of the reason the state is now installing cable barriers in two areas. 

One is a 10-mile stretch of the Gene Snyder west of I-65, the only part of the Snyder that doesn't have them. The other is a 34-mile section of I-65 south of Louisville in Bullitt, Hardin, Hart, and Barren counties.

The governor says the entire project will cost the state close to $11 million.  But he says they've proven their worth since being installed along I-71, 1-64, and the Gene Snyder:  "Already, cable barriers in those locations have been hit some 385 times.  Based on analysis of speed and angles, it's estimated that they prevented 299 vehicles from crossing over into oncoming traffic."

The state chose these sites after ranking sections of Kentucky highway that have been the most dangerous. And, he says, it won't end here.  "Today is just a first step in identifying crossover crash areas on our interstate and our parkway system.  As additional money becomes available, we will continue to address other priority areas."

This is all in the very early stages.  In fact, design work still has yet to be done for these projects.

State officials tell Fox 41's David Scott it will probably be next year before the first barriers are installed.

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