Crews beef up wire guardrails along Interstate 65

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Crews along Interstate 65 in southern Indiana are reinforcing concrete anchors used in wire guardrails designed to prevent vehicles from crossing the median and crashing into oncoming traffic.

The state has installed more than 350 miles of the wire cables along its highways in the last eight years. Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they have cut down on crossover crashes by 80 percent.

An 80-mile stretch of Interstate 65 through Bartholomew and surrounding counties is being beefed up to allow the guardrails to withstand greater stress. The work is expected to continue through Monday.

INDOT spokesman Harry Maginity tells The Republic that the initial anchoring system didn't secure the cables at the desired tension.

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