Officials Say Cable Barrier Project is Already Saving Lives 01/27/14
January 27, 2014
Odessa - Construction of a cable barrier running along interstate 20 may seem like a major inconvenience now, but officials say it could save hundreds of lives. Officials say that this cable is so strong that it could potentially stop an 18-wheeler from entering oncoming traffic and in just four months it has already stopped at least 5 cars from doing just that.
"It reduces the risk of people crossing that center lane or center median and into your lane of traffic, it just gives you that sense of comfort,” said TxDOT Public Information Officer Gene Powell.
Stretching from West Odessa all the way to Stanton, this five million dollar project is already proving to be well worth the money.
"We’ve already seen four to five accidents of people hitting that cable, so we know that it’s a good project. We know it’s going to save lives, and make a difference,” said Powell.
TxDOT says because drivers are already causing damage along the newly placed barrier, they have had to make a deal with the contractors to keep up with the repairs. “We have come to an agreement that we are going to start maintaining parts of it before the entire project is done because it’s not real fun to hold the contractor responsible for repairs that they have already completed,” said Powell.
Powell says that even with the added work of already having to make repairs to the new barrier, construction is expected to end the same time as planned, which is by the end of this summer.