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The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the installation of cable barrier in various sections along Interstate 20.

COVINGTON — Several sections of Interstate 20 will soon be equipped with cable median barriers, which reduce highway crossover crashes that can result in fatalities or severe injuries.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded Nationwide Construction Group the $8.048 million project that covers median locations on interstate mileage in Newton, Taliaferro, Warren, McDuffie, Columbia and Richmond counties. This will ensure safety barrier presence throughout the entire corridor. The work in Newton County will begin near the intersection with Ga. Highway 11 and continue eastward into Walton County.

Work timing and traffic impacts are to be determined later in 2020 when contractors mobilize for execution. Official completion is expected by April 30, 2022.

The Federal Highway Administration said cable median barriers are “cost-effective means of reducing the severity of median crossover crashes.” The cable barrier system going along I-20 is four-cable longitudinal designed to contain and redirect errant vehicles. This will match systems installed the last two years on I-16 and I-20 in east central Georgia.

Cable barrier, as a median barrier, is softer, resulting in less impact force and redirection. Cable barriers are more adaptable to slopes typically found in medians and can be installed through less invasive construction methods.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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LongtimeRez

I wish they could develop a barrier that drivers couldn't crash through in Rockdale County along Iris Drive between Sigman and West Avenue. The new wood and cable fencing lasted less than a day before the demolition derby started up again. Right now there are large gaps where the fenceline has been knocked down or is nonexistent, and one spot near McDaniels Mill where workers have created an opening and gravel road into the former rest area on the hwy. This appears to present an unsafe situation for drivers on I-20 E.

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