Cable median barrier project on K-96 in Wichita starts Monday

Installation of a cable median barrier along a four-mile stretch of K-96 in northeast Wichita begins Monday, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The cable barrier will be added between I-135 and Rock Road, KDOT spokesman Tom Hein said. The cable is intended to prevent traffic from crossing the median into traffic traveling the opposite direction.

Since most of the work will be done on the median, Hein said, minimal disruption of traffic is expected. However, lanes next to the median occasionally will be closed between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. When those closures occur, the speed limit through the area will be reduced to 55 mph.

The $763,000 project should be completed by late September, barring weather delays, Hein said.

There were 455 accidents on K-96 between I-135 and Kellogg from 2004 through 2008, the last year for which complete KDOT records were available.

Those accidents involved six deaths and 149 injuries. The four accidents that were classified as head-on collisions resulted in two fatalities and six injuries.