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Madison Co. road gets high friction treatment to make it safer

The treatment was applied to Maysville road in Madison County on Monday.

Posted: Oct 8, 2018 5:27 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2018 5:33 PM

A high friction treatment was applied to a dangerous 350 foot stretch of road in Madison County on Monday. Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill said the treatment should make the road safer for drivers.

The treatment was applied on Maysville Road near the Cooper Drive intersection that's in the eastern part of Madison County off Ryland Pike. This is the first time it's been applied in the Tennessee Valley.

Contractor Richard Baker described the friction treatment applied to Maysville Road on Monday. He told us the Federal Highway Administration has seen the treatment reduce fatal wrecks on curves by up to 90% and serious injuries by about 80%.

"People refer to this as glue and rock," Baker said.

Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill told us there have been more than 30 crashes on the road in the past 10 years. Baker explained the treatment won't only stop fast drivers from going off the road.

"It's very tough and just like sandpaper on the road. If you're going too fast or it's wet or your distracted or on the phone or you're having an argument with somebody, this will grab your tires and stop you from leaving the road," Baker explained.

Hill told us the county paid about $10,000 to prepare the road for today's treatment. State and federal agencies picked up the rest of the tab which was about $25,000. There hasn't been a decision yet if it will be applied to more roads in the area.

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