Local law enforcement officials and the South Carolina Department of Transportation are working to rename a stretch of Interstate 95 known as the “Coffin Corridor.” This portion of I-95 in South Carolina has 50 percent more fatal car accidents than any other road in the state. The majority of these wrecks are not related to the road itself, but to the trees that line the highway.
To reduce the number of fatal accidents on the Jasper County section of the interstate, the South Carolina Department of Transportation is installing flexible guidewire along I-95 from mile marker 28 into the state of Georgia. The guidewire is a type of guardrail system made of flexible material that stretches on impact to slow down a vehicle that has left the road. This lessens the impact when cars drive off the highway and into the trees. The project will cost the state $5 billion.
A baffling point for transportation engineers working on this highway is that most accidents occur along a flat, straight section of the interstate.
A recent study suggested that the area of Jasper where this section of I-95 runs is an unofficial midpoint for those traveling the east coast. While many drivers seem to push their travel to reach the Jasper area, some may be pushing too hard. Fatigue and distraction could be responsible for many vehicles steering off the road.
Transportation officials have also concluded that the aging trees along the road have grown bigger and wider over the years, making them more lethal when cars hit them. They are hopeful that the installation of the guidewire will help save the lives of those traveling through the area and result in a new identity for Jasper County. A spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Transportation said the project will be well worth the cost if it results in even one life being saved.
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