Transportation panel approves cable barriers

Oklahoma City (AP) _ The State Transportation Commission will pay to put up more cable barriers to prevent deadly crossover accidents on state highways.  The commission today awarded contracts to install 31 miles of barriers on portions of Interstate 44 in Oklahoma and Cleveland Counties, U.S. Highway 75 in Tulsa County and I-40 in Custer County. Today's contract awards total four-million dollars.

The barriers are installed in the median of high-traffic areas where accidents are likely.  Since February, the commission has approved 114 miles of cable barriers in Oklahoma.  In other business, the commission awarded two contracts for work on the State Highway 6 bridge over I-40 near Elk City.  The bridge was damaged in late August when a tractor-trailer rig crashed into a bridge support and caught fire. Two people in the rig were killed.

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