Maine interstate gets new guardrails between lanes

The Associated Press
Posted Oct. 06, 2010, at 7:11 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Motorists on some stretches of Maine’s Interstate 295 could notice a new system of guardrails.

The new guardrails consist of four taut cables strung between posts that break away in a crash.

The cables are designed to absorb much of the force of a crash.

Duane Brunell of the Maine Department of Transportation tells the Portland Press Herald absorbing the impact of a crash reduces injuries and it makes it less likely that a vehicle will bounce back into the road.

The new system is being installed while work is being done on the interstate between Portland and Freeport.

The same system has been installed on parts of U.S. Route 1 between Brunswick and Bath.

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