Caltrans District 3: Standard met for I5 Median in Glenn County

Apr 14, 2014 7:22 PM

Many were left wondering why there is no barrier along the stretch of Interstate 5 in Glenn county, where Thursday’s tragic accident occurred.

Caltrans District Three said they have determined that patch of I-5, built in 1964, meets the standards for medians.

At 60 feet wide, Caltrans said it gives drivers plenty of room to recover if they leave the roadway.

Traffic volume also comes into consideration, and this area of I-5 sees only 25,000 drivers a day (compare to 180,000 on the stretch going through downtown Sacramento).

Lastly, the area has a low accident history.

“In the past 5 years, there have been 109 accidents in a 10 mile radius of this accident site,” NTSB Official Mark Rosekind said. “Of those 109 accidents, one has involved a fatality, and there have been no previous crossover accidents.”

Caltrans also said there were rumble strips on both sides of I-5, put in place to awake or alert drivers.


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