[r32] Rep. Turner: Median barriers to provide safety to I-69 travelers (10/28/2011)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Start Date: 10/28/2011
End Date: 10/28/2011
STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) applauds the announcement made by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to add median barriers to Interstate 69 in Grant County. The barriers to be added are designed to prevent cross-over crashes.

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.

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State Representative Eric Turner is the Speaker Pro Tempore and represents District 32 in the Indiana House of Representatives.

 

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