DOTD to install cable barriers along I-49

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DOTD announced 22 projects around the state were let July 11. Nineteen contractors presented bids totaling $59.4 million. Local projects and their apparent low bids are as follows:

• Installation of cable barriers along I-49 in Natchitoches Parish: $5,700,646.52, Progressive Construction Company The barriers will run for 41 miles between the state highway 3132 interchange with I-49 in Caddo Parish, through DeSoto Parish to the Natchitoches Parish line.

Cable barriers are designed to prevent head-on collisions by deflecting vehicles that veer into the median from crossing over into oncoming traffic. Another 78 miles of cable barriers are currently under construction along other interstates across the state.