Rep. Turner worked with INDOT in championing the construction of barriers following a tragic van accident in 2006 involving students and faculty from Taylor University. In the accident, a semitrailer crossed through an I-69 median and collided with a Taylor University van, killing four students and one faculty member.
“I have been communicating on a regular basis with INDOT for these barriers to become a reality,” said Rep. Turner. “I am hopeful this barrier will prevent the same kind of tragedy from happening along the very busy Grant County I-69 corridor.”
About 17 miles of barriers will be installed in Grant County and almost 10 miles in Steuben and Dekalb Counties. INDOT plans to spend around $2.5 million on the new barriers, planning for installation of the cable barriers to begin spring 2012.
“These barriers are just another step in providing safety to I-69 travelers in Grant County and I applaud INDOT for getting the process started,” said Rep. Turner.
State Representative Eric Turner is the Speaker Pro Tempore and represents District 32 in the Indiana House of Representatives.