New cable barriers in New Orleans already taking hits and saving lives

New cable barriers in New Orleans already taking hits and saving lives

State and area leaders on Monday celebrated the completion of a project that is already saving lives in New Orleans East.

Cable barriers now separate east and west bound interstate traffic between the twin spans and I-510 - an area that has a deadly past. Construction crews completed installation of the ribbon of steel a month ago, and it's already preventing tragedy.

"Since we have completed it November 7, we've already had four hits on it," said Chris Morvant with the DOTD.

The mangled section of barrier near the twin spans headed west shows the steel wires have already stopped a vehicle from crossing over into oncoming traffic. Two state lawmakers led the fight for the barriers.

"It was under two years ago when Rep. [Austin] Badon and I got together on the median after another death on the highway," said Sen. A.G. Crowe.

In October 2011, a woman crossed over the interstate into oncoming traffic and died. In May 2013, another woman lost control of her Honda on a foggy day, crossed over the median and crashed into a tour bus.

"We've had a number of fatalities and incidents on the highway through cases of fog and marsh fires. We felt like we had to do something," said Badon.

The push began in 2011 for the barriers, and by August of this year the barriers were being installed.

"Now that this is complete, all 24 miles of I-10 in Orleans Parish has cable barrier protection," Morvant said.

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