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I-94 cable barrier installation to finish in two weeks

ALEXANDRIA — A new cable barrier system snaking its way along a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 94 through the Alexandria area should wrap up within the next two weeks.

Installation began earlier this summer, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted a training session last week for local professionals who may need to repair the barrier or respond to vehicle crashes.

In a classroom setting and out on the interstate, a group of MnDOT workers, tow truck drivers, emergency responders and law enforcement officials learned more about the high-tension cable barriers and how they work.

Cable barrier systems have been in use since the 1960s and provide for less violent impact. The barriers are designed to contain and redirect errant vehicles, primarily from crossing a median into oncoming traffic.

Next year, there are plans to continue the cable barrier along I-94. About 18 miles of barrier will continue west of Garfield to roughly the Ashby exit, according to MnDOT.

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