KDOT Considers Guard Cables on State's Highways

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas transportation officials are debating whether to install guard cables in highway medians.

They must decide if they would be worth the cost or actually make it safer to drive in the state.

A study conducted for the Kansas Department of Transportation concludes that the cables, already in place in Missouri and 24 other states can help save lives in some instances, but might not be all that helpful in others.

According to the study, the cables work best on highways with narrow medians and high traffic.

But they can pose a risk on highways with wide medians and low traffic, characteristics of many Kansas roads.

Kansas started looking into the cables in the summer of 2007 when five people were killed in crossover crashes, including three in a fiery collision on Interstate 435 in Lenexa.

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