TIPPECANOE/WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – New cable barriers are going up along 11 miles of Interstate 65 in Tippecanoe and White counties.
The Indiana Department of Transportation said work will begin Monday, June 2. The barriers will run from mile marker 183, which is five miles north of State Road 43, to just south of U.S. 231, near exit 193.
INDOT representatives said there will be nightly left lane restrictions from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Crews will begin work in the northbound lanes first.
INDOT said cable barriers are a cost-effective way to control cross-median crashes, which produce half of all severe outcome crashes and nearly two-thirds of fatal crashes nationwide. Since 2005, Indiana has installed 369 miles of median cable barriers statewide at a cost of $30.7 million.
INDOT spokeswoman Debbie Calder said the cable barriers have been highly effective and have helped prevent more serious collisions.
“We truly believe in these. They’re highly effective,” Calder said. “We’ve gotten positive responses back from law enforcement officers that have been out there at accidents. Also, with people that have actually hit the cable barrier.”
The contractor, RMD Holdings of Michigan, was awarded the project with a bid of just over $626,000.
The project is expected to be complete by October 25.