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Guard cables are effective, officials say


Joplin, MO – State highway officials say median guard cables along Interstate 70 in Missouri are preventing accidents.

The officials say the cables are 94% effective at stopping vehicles from crossing the median.

From 1996 to 2004, more than 400 people were killed and 2,400 injured in cross-median accidents.

On I-70, 24 people died in 2002, but just six deaths were reported last year, with the cables in place.

There are 179 miles of cable along the highway. The installation cost about $20 million.

Officials plan to install more cables on Interstates 44 and 29 between Kansas City and St. Joseph.