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Caltrans working to improve safety of Highway 101 in Arcata

ARCATA- Work continues on US 101 in Arcata, as Caltrans crews install more than 1.5 miles of a safety cable barrier.

The purpose of the nearly $1 million project is to improve the safety on US 101 between the 11th street bridge and the Arcata Overhead Bridge by adding cable barriers to the median.  Construction began two months ago and is expected to be complete by the end of September.  Part of the project involves laying down pavement in the median to support the foundation of the cable barriers.  Caltrans officials shared what advantages cable barriers have.

“They absorb so much of the impact compared to the traditional barriers, that when a car hits, it sort of takes a lot of the oomph out of the collision, so you have fewer injuries to drivers and passengers.  Also, what's great about them, they're very low impact, they're low maintenance, so it costs less for tax payers, they're better for drainage and for wildlife that may be crossing the roadway," said Eli Rohl, the Public Information Officer for Caltrans, District 1.