I-565 median cable barriers expected to save lives

The Alabama Department of Transportation’s latest effort to save lives by installing median crossover protection on interstate highways began last week on Interstate 565 in Limestone and Madison counties.

Contractor RMD Holdings, Inc., will be working throughout the summer on a $663,087 project to construct cable barrier in the median of I-565 from near Interstate 65 to the beginning of the concrete barrier east of Mooresville and from the end of the concrete barrier west of County Line

Road to the Madison Boulevard flyover in Huntsville. A total of 46,328 feet of four-wire cable barrier will be installed on more than eight miles of interstate.

ALDOT anticipates the cable barrier will reduce median crossover crashes — crashes in which vehicles traverse the median and enter opposing traffic — and save lives.

“Cable barriers have shown to be effective in preventing most median crossover crashes,” said ALDOT North Region Public Information Specialist Seth Burkett. “On stretches of interstate in Alabama where cable barriers have been installed, they have eliminated crossover collisions resulting in serious or fatal injuries.”

Project work hours will typically be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorists are advised to expect single-lane closures on I-565 during these times, with the following exceptions, which are intended to limit impacts on travel during peak hours:

• No eastbound lane closures are planned from 7 to 9 a.m.

• No westbound lane closures are planned from 4 to 6 p.m.

A separate project will install cable barrier on parts of I-65 in Limestone County this summer.

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