(WAFB) - Louisiana State Police Trooper Taylor Scrantz says the department has seen a decline in the number of fatal wrecks on Louisiana interstates where cable barriers are located.
It may be why the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is currently putting miles of cable barriers across the Baton Rouge area.
Iberville Parish is getting about 15 miles of cable barriers, while West Baton Rouge Parish is getting nearly 13 miles. About a mile and a half of barriers in East Baton Rouge Parish are being installed before Highland to the Ascension Parish line, and nearly 22 miles are being installed to cover all of Ascension Parish.
Currently, nearly 200 miles of cable barriers are under construction across the state. So far, 355 miles of Louisiana’s interstates have the barriers and another 75 miles are scheduled to be installed by December of 2021.
One future project includes I-12 between Albany and Livingston. That goes to bid in June. That’s also the location where four Mississippi adults were killed in a crash Thursday, April 25 when a driver crossed the median into oncoming traffic.
There is a high cost associated with the cable barrier projects. Construction for one mile runs between $135,000 and $200,000 and maintenance per mile/per year is between $5,000 and $7,000, all paid by state and federal funds.