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I-10 widening will not include median barriers

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 16:55:01-04

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - Motorists in Arizona will not see median cables when Interstate 10 is completely widened between Casa Grande and Tucson later this year.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reported on Thursday that Tucson resident Mike Humphrey has been pushing the Arizona Department of Transportation and the State Transportation Board to install median cables, barriers that would prevent vehicles from crossing the median and crashing into oncoming traffic.

Humphrey's wife and sister were killed in a cross-median crash in 2008, north of Casa Grande. Since then, he's been trying to convince state officials that median cables will save countless lives.

But Arizona Department of Transportation Assistant Director for the Division of Infrastructure Delivery and Operations Steve Boschen says the interstate is actually much safer without barriers.