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Local moms' battle for barriers hits Baton Rouge

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16 year old Megan Mote was killed in this head on collision on I-20 in 2012 16 year old Megan Mote was killed in this head on collision on I-20 in 2012
Work began in August 2013 on the installation of 28 miles of cable barriers along Interstate 20 through Bossier and Webster Parishes. Work began in August 2013 on the installation of 28 miles of cable barriers along Interstate 20 through Bossier and Webster Parishes.
BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) -

Two local mothers have taken their battle for cable median barriers to lawmakers in Baton Rouge. Now they wait to see if their emotional pleas to the appropriations committee will make a difference.

"It wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be," says Tammy Willson. 

Wilson, along with Kelly Hatfield, testified before the committee in hopes more money can be diverted to the installation of cable barriers on interstates and highways across Louisiana.  These barriers are designed to keep a vehicle from crossing medians and hitting other vehicles head on.    

Hatfield's daughter Megan was killed in a head on collision on I-20 in 2012.  Willson's daughter Casey was killed in a head on crash on the 3132 Inner Loop in December.

"I hope no one has to deal with what we are today," said a tearful Hatfield during Monday's committee meeting. 

"Losing a child is the worse pain I've felt in my entire life," added Hatfield.

Work to install cable barriers has begun in Bossier and Webster parishes along I-20, however that project is already months behind.  And the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has promised barriers from the Texas state line to Mississippi.  But with each mile of construction coming at a cost of $150,000, Hatfield and Willson want lawmakers to know more money is needed.

During the 20 minutes in front of the microphone, Willson made a stark comparison between Louisiana and Texas.  There are only 80 plus miles of cable barrier in the bayou state, all of it in south Louisiana.  However Texas has been installing median barriers for a decade now.

"Texas installed 1,000 miles of barrier.  That's just an example of what can be accomplished," Willson pointed out. 

Both Willson and Hatfield felt their message was well received. "I don't think it's a matter of do we need them," added Willson. "It's a matter of will they prioritize the funds ahead of other safety projects."

 Click here to read more reports on the push for cable median barriers in Louisiana.

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