By Tia Lynn Ivey
New safety infrastructure is coming to sections of I-20 that runs through Madison, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The $4.54 million project will fund the construction of cable median barriers that will span between Walton County and Tallaferro County.
The cable median barriers are designed to enhance safety in the case of accidents.
“Soon various sections of Interstate 20 will be equipped with cable median barriers, which reduce highway crossover crashes that typically result in fatalities or severe injuries,” said Kyle Collins, a spokesperson for GDOT.
According to a GDOT press release, Massana Inc. was recently awarded the $4.54 million project that covers median locations from mile 100 (Walton County) to mile 142.9 (Taliaferro County).
Possible traffic impacting activities are expected to begin Monday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walton County line moving east to Morgan County. All work will be in the median.
There will be various daily shoulder or inside lane closures as needed for this work as the crews progress.
Once eastbound is complete, work and associated impacts move to the westbound areas.
The time restrictions above cover Monday through Friday but not the weekend. At this time, the contractor doesn’t anticipate any Sunday work but that could change. Expected overall completion is September 2019.”
The Federal Highway Administration said cable median barriers are “cost-effective means of reducing the severity of median crossover crashes.”
The cable barrier system going in along I-20 is four-cable longitudinal designed to contain and redirect errant vehicles.
According to GDOT, cable barrier, as a median barrier, is softer, resulting in less impact force and redirection, are more adaptable to slopes typically found in medians, and can be installed through less invasive construction methods.