Nevada officials take steps to improve safety on U.S. 395 |

Nevada officials take steps to improve safety on U.S. 395

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) ” Construction is scheduled to begin later this month on a nine-mile-long median barrier along U.S. Highway 395 between Carson City and Minden, officials said.

Scott Magruder, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation, said the barrier is designed to make the busy highway safer and to reduce head-on collisions.

Over a 10-year period ending in 2006, seven people died and 273 were injured in traffic accidents on the highway between Carson City and Minden.

The $1.6 million barrier, to be designed and built by Coral Construction Co. of Oregon, will stretch from Jacks Valley Road to Muller Road.

The barrier, featuring steel cables strung along a row of posts, is designed to stop extremely heavy vehicles. Construction is expected to conclude by year’s end.

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