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April 25, 2022

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Cable median barrier to prevent Hwy 10 crossover crashes, save lives, in Benton County

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists will encounter periodic lane closures on both directions of Highway 10 as the Minnesota Department of Transportation installs 10 miles of high-tension safety cable median barrier between Benton County Road 40, also known as the Halfway Crossing, north of Rice and 66th Street, north of Sauk Rapids.

On Monday, May 9, motorists should begin to watch for roadwork signs, lane closures, lane shifts and reduced speeds. Expect multiple crews and equipment working at different locations within 10-mile work zone.

High-tension cable median barriers are made of three or four steel cables strung on posts. When a vehicle hits the barrier, the posts break and cables flex, absorbing much of a crash’s kinetic energy. This redirects the vehicle along the median, preventing a severe or fatal cross-median crash.

When complete in late June, the $1.3 million safety improvement project will prevent crossover collisions with on-coming motorists, which will save lives.

To learn about the benefits of cable median barriers, visit mndot.gov/trafficeng.

For more information, visit the Highway 10 project webpage.

For current construction in central Minnesota, visit mndot.gov/d3/construct.

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