Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 15, 2013

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I-90 project includes 10 miles of cable median guardrail

 

MANKATO, Minn. – The Interstate 90 resurfacing project from Worthington to Jackson County Road 5 that took place in July and August includes the installation of 10 miles of cable median guardrail from Jackson County Road 5 through Worthington. 

Installation of the guardrail is currently underway and motorists are advised to travel with caution and watch for workers, equipment and traffic control devices.


High-tension cable median guardrail prevents traffic from crossing the median and hitting on-coming traffic.  Compared to other barriers, high-tension cable guardrail absorbs and dissipates an errant vehicle’s momentum, reducing the severity of the crash, and minimizing occupant injuries.  With limited resources, MnDOT is focusing our median guardrail investments in areas with the highest traffic volumes, as well as areas surrounding interchanges.  These areas have, historically, had the highest frequency of cross-median crashes.  Minnesota crash statistics show that more than 60% of cross median crashes occur within one mile of freeway interchanges.  Additional information about cable median barriers is available at: www.mndot.gov/trafficeng/reports/cmbarrier.html


Minnesota traffic safety efforts such as median barriers are components of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state’s primary road safety initiative that is a partnership between DPS, MnDOT, Department of Health, the University of Minnesota and others. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.


Knife River Corporation North Central of Sauk Rapids is the contractor on the $4,588,925 project.
For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org

 

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