I-96 median cable guardrail project, the result of a unique partnership with the Kiefer Foundation, now complete

Contact: Jeff Cranson, MDOT Director of Communications
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Agency: Transportation

Fast facts:
- A project to add an additional 1.7 miles of median cable guardrail along I-96 in Ingham County is now complete.
- The project is the result of a successful public-private partnership with the Kiefer Foundation to improve safety on Michigan highways by adding cable median guardrail.
- A video highlighting this unique partnership and safety project is available on YouTube.

October 12, 2017 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced the completion of a project to add 1.7 miles of median cable guardrail along I-96 near Dietz Road in eastern Ingham County.

The $300,000 safety improvement project is the result of a unique partnership between MDOT and the Kiefer Foundation. Mitchel Kiefer, the foundation's namesake, tragically lost his life at this location on Sept. 19, 2016, when his vehicle was struck from behind and pushed across the median into oncoming traffic.

"We set up the Kiefer Foundation to create awareness of the dangers of distracted driving," said Steve Kiefer, Kiefer Foundation chairman. "By putting the median cable barrier along I-96 by Dietz Road, this project will have the potential to save lives."

Cable median guardrail has been proven to reduce cross-median crashes by 87 percent and is part of the state's Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) statewide safety campaign. Since its introduction in 2008, almost 400 miles of barrier have been installed.

"There are many times that money is invested in something that makes a return," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "But in this case, the return is in lives that will eventually be saved."

A project video highlighting the innovative partnership between MDOT, the Kiefer Foundation and General Motors is available on MDOT's YouTube channel.

More information about the Kiefer Foundation is available at: www.mkiefer.org.