Example of installed and completed median cable barriers.

Median cable barriers will be installed along Interstate 49 north of Shreveport in Caddo Parish, to the Arkansas State Line.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced the $7 million project. Simmons Erosion Control was awarded the contract.

The project to install the life-saving barriers stretches from Dr. Martin Luther King Drive (LA 3194) in Shreveport to the state line, a 35-mile distance.

Cable barriers are made of three or four high tension steel cables strung on posts. The barriers are designed to absorb the impact of an automobile, redirecting the vehicle along the median and helping to prevent a potentially fatal cross over crash.

This type of median cable barrier is much less expensive than permanent concrete barriers, and can typically be repaired quickly by DOTD maintenance crews after damage from a crash.

Work will start in mid-September and will be finished in the spring of 2020.

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