Project underway to make I-74 safer by installing cable barrier system

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Crews with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are working to install a cable barrier system along the stretch of Interstate 74 between I-465 and Dandy Trail.

The system of high tension cables in the median of the interstate is designed to keep cars from crossing over into oncoming traffic.

INDOT officials said that type of crash accounts for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s deadly traffic crashes.

The systems have already been installed along several hundred miles of medians throughout the state. The first phase of the project focused on rural interstate areas. Now, INDOT is turning to highly traveled sections of roadway.

“At locations where we see the highest traffic counts, and the highest probability and crash history for those median cross over type collisions,” said INDOT spokesperson Nathan Riggs.

Walsh construction crews will be completing the barrier installation. Work began Monday, Jan. 7 at 6 a.m. and will last each day for two weeks from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. During that time, drivers should watch for lane restrictions in the westbound lanes of I-74 and should drive slowly.  A maximum speed limit of 40 miles per hour is in place during the installation.