MDOT and Kiefer Foundation partner to add more cable median barrier on Michigan highwaysFast facts:
– Since introduction in 2008, approximately 380 miles of cable barrier have been installed on Michigan freeways.
– Cable barrier have reduced cross-median crash rates by 87 percent and contained 97 percent of out-of-control vehicles.
– Four cable barrier projects are in the 2018-2022 safety program, totaling 19.5 miles at an investment of $4.5 million.August 28, 2017 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced a first-of-its-kind public/private partnership to improve safety on Michigan highways using protective cable median barrier.The partnership between MDOT and the Kiefer Foundation will involve investing $300,000 to add 1.7 miles of protective cable median barrier on I-96 from Doan Creek to east of Dietz Road in Ingham County.
Mitchel Kiefer, the foundation’s namesake, tragically lost his life at this location on I-96 in September 2016. His vehicle was struck from behind and pushed across the median into oncoming traffic.
“This partnership demonstrates the opportunities to enhance public safety that arise when public and private organizations join forces,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “This effort will help reduce the potential for future tragedies along this busy stretch of freeway and hopefully others in the future.”
Cable median barrier have been proven to reduce cross-median crash rates by 87 percent and are part of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) statewide safety campaign. Since introduction in 2008, more than 380 miles of barrier have been installed.
“Improving highway safety through the funding of projects such as this safety barrier is one of the pillars of the Kiefer Foundation,” said Steve Kiefer, Kiefer Foundation chairman and father to Mitchel. “In addition to this project, the foundation is working with several partners to raise awareness around the dangers of distracted driving.”
Construction on the new section of cable barrier is expected to be completed by the end of this fall.