The recent death of a 6 year old boy on Interstate 5 north of Vancouver, because of a wrong way driver, has prompted the question of whether to install spikes on freeway off ramps. The goal is to prevent drivers from entering a highway opposite the flow of traffic.
FM News 101 put the question to Chad Hancock, regional traffic engineer with the Washington Department of Transportation. He says several state agencies have discussed the idea. They’ve concluded, and Hancock agrees, spikes in the pavement would pose a safety concern.
Hancock says spikes, like the kind seen in parking lots, are designed for low speeds (5 miles an hour) and low impact. And that even vehicles going in the proper direction can cause a spike to come loose and embed itself in a tire.
According to Hancock, the Washington State Patrol has not wrapped up its investigation of the wrong way crash that killed Henry Babitzke. He was riding in a car with his mother on February 28th when it was struck by another car driven by Gage Musgrave, 84,of Vancouver. Musgrave died March 11th.
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