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High-tension cable barriers along I-10 coming up in Acadiana

Road Construction
Posted at 5:48 PM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-11 21:47:09-04

Work is underway to extend high-tension cable barriers along I-10 in Acadiana.

The $14,000,000, 40-mile project is designed to keep cars from crossing the median and crash into oncoming traffic. It extends from the St. Martin Parish line to the Jeff Davis Parish line.

Work began in June, and the project is expected to take a year and a half, finishing up around December 2022 or January 2023. Crews are currently putting down a concrete pad, the foundation for the cable barrier system.

Whenever a vehicle leaves the road and travels into a median, "the cable barrier system will prevent that vehicle from crossing over in the median arrested or stop it, slow it down and also prevent it from bouncing back into the lane it came from which can also be dangerous to traffic that is traveling on that lane," explained Michael DeSellb, District Engineer Administrator.

The project will include grading, drainage structures, high tension cable barriers, concrete mowing strips, and related work.

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