Interstate 10 was recently being named one of the “deadliest in the nation”.
In response, transportation officials from Arizona are teaming up with New Mexico, California and Texas to make it safer.
The states have joined together in a four-state partnership called the I-10 Corridor Coalition.
The goal of the partnership is to make travel more efficient and safer for truck drivers and non-commercial drivers.
The four states will pool resources and expertise to improve technology along the corridor and increase innovation to make everything run smoother.
DO YOU THINK THAT WE CAN FINALLY GET MEDIAN BARRIERS WITH THE 4 STATES’ POOLED MONEY???????
Laura McCan has been a professional truck driver for over 20 years. She said it is way past time for improvements for I-10, especially for those who have to drive through multiple states on a regular basis.
“It's not just congestion, it's danger. It's dangerous for everyone,” she said. “There needs to be more lanes, more room for trucks and traffic. There needs to be more parking and rest areas for big trucks.”
Other drivers cited congestion as a main point of concern. Potholes were an issue as well, both for safety and money.
“It's not only dangerous, but it's very expensive. You figure one trip up the freeway, and you're talking almost $300 on a front end alignment on a big truck, if not more,” said one truck driver. “Then you have to replace the steer tires. It is very expensive.”
These issues are exactly what the four-state coalition is hopeful they will fix.
Those that travel I-10 for a living are hopeful as well. Officials with this coalition said they will also work with other levels of the government to possibly enact safety laws for the interstate.
Okay. I’m hearing a lot of talk, but will this newly formed coalition actually accomplish anything—or is it just lip service? A HUGE issue for Interstate 10 involves serious injuries and deaths resulting from crossover crashes.
There is a very simple and relatively low cost solution to save lives: Cable Median Barriers. In the last 4 years, the State of Arizona alone has lost $55 million in wrongful death jury verdicts due to these very preventable accidents.
In both trials, the State’s own experts have testified as to the low cost of the cable median barriers, and that cable median barriers are 95% effective in preventing these crashes.
To date, there are no median barriers on Interstate 10.
So, perhaps this coalition will wake up the powers that be and finally get something done? We certainly hope so, for the sake of all future travelers of Interstate 10.