Report: No deaths after barrier installed on MLK bridge -

Report: No deaths after barrier installed on MLK bridge

   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A published report says there've been no fatal accidents or head-on collisions on a Mississippi River bridge linking Illinois to St. Louis more than a year after a centerline barrier was installed.

The Martin Luther King bridge had been the site of more than a dozen fatal crashes, including some where drivers crossed the center line and struck oncoming vehicles.
A concrete divider was added in 2009 and the span of the bridge was changed from three lanes to four lanes.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Illinois Department of Transportation records show no head-on collisions or fatalities in the 13 months since the barrier was installed.
The newspaper reports that the project cost more than $2.3 million.
Authorities say they've also increased safety measures to prevent speeding and drunken driving.
   Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,
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