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Work on cable barriers to prevent crossover fatalities begins in NWLA

Posted: Updated: Aug 21, 2013 03:59 AM
The families of 2 of the teens killed in this crossover wreck in I20 near Haughton in July 2012 pushed for the installation of cable barriers in North Louisiana. The families of 2 of the teens killed in this crossover wreck in I20 near Haughton in July 2012 pushed for the installation of cable barriers in North Louisiana.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Work began Tuesday on the installation of 28 miles of cable barriers along Interstate 20 through Bossier and Webster Parishes.

The milestone comes just over a year after a crossover accident in I20 in near Haughton that killed 2 local teens and critically injured another.

Arien Manshack, 17, and Megan Mote, 16, were killed on July 6, 2012. 18-year-old Jonathon Bartley suffered brain damage and is learning how to walk and talk again. A fourth passenger, Justin Venable, suffered a broken leg.

Cable barriers are designed to prevent head-on collisions by deflecting vehicles that veer into the median from crossing over into incoming traffic. The barriers act as a net to catch vehicles and redirect them into the median, instead of pushing the vehicle back into traffic.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has committed a little over $4 million in the installation of the barriers in Bossier and Webster, but that's just the first phase of their plan.

In announcing the plans to install the cable barriers back in December of 2012, DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas said her statewide goal is to install cable barriers over the next 5 years, including along I-20 from Caddo to Ouachita parishes.

LeBas says funding for the project will be 90% federal funded and 10% state funded.

At Tuesday's ceremonial groundbreaking for the first of the barriers, LeBas and Louisiana Senate Transportation Committee Chairman, Sen. Robert Adley thanked Manshack and Mote's mothers for helping to push for the barriers.

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