The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (O-DOT) is in the process of installing new barriers along Highway 69/75 in the Durant area.
The project to install cable barriers along the highway should be complete within the next 60 days said O-DOT maintenance engineer Brian Taylor.
Taylor said that the cable barriers with stretch from the Texas state line to the Armstrong exit north of Durant.
The barriers will aid in preventing head-on collisions along the highway. When a car hits this type of barrier, it is redirected and will not go into oncoming traffic.
O-DOT considered several other barrier types before deciding to install cable barriers. “We look at all alternatives” said Taylor.
According to Taylor, the cable barriers were chosen because they are cost efficient and have a good record of success. “We have had vehicles hit them and drive away” said Taylor.
According to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) website, this type of barrier deflects cars laterally to absorb collision forces and reduce the impact on vehicle occupants.
The FHWA has recommended that all states consider installing such cable barriers where barriers are needed.