From Pine View Farm

Plus Ca Change 3

Like it’s something new:

The state (Delaware–ed.) Department of Transportation is adding a simple feature to Delaware roads to try to prevent fatal accidents.

Workers have begun stringing metal cable barriers down the median of Del. 1 that will not only stop vehicles from crossing over into oncoming traffic, but also ease the impact when a car hits them.

The modern take on roadside barriers offers a safer alternative to concrete or metal versions that are more expensive and can do more damage to vehicles, DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff said. The new addition to Del. 1 beginning south of the Roth Bridge will be the first use of cable barriers in Delaware.

Bringing Delaware’s highways into the 1920s.



  1. Glomarization

    January 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve heard motorcyclists complain about the risk of decapitation (or other loss of limb) with cable barriers, but I’m not sure if actual research shows that they’re more dangerous to a motorcyclist than steel guardrails or Jersey barriers.

  2. Karen

    January 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    It really doesn’t matter what a motorcyclist hits. They’re seriously hurt, no matter what. If not dead. (My husband rides one.)

  3. Frank

    January 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Most of the cable barriers I’ve seen are not high enough to pose a risk of decapitation unless the victim is already sliding across the pavement on his tummy.

    The theory is good–the cables will give and then snap, like breakaway signs.  It’s just that there’s nothing new about it.