Guardrail Coverage Varies on I-89
Lebanon — The section of interstate that was the site of a car crash that resulted in the death of two people has been identified as a potential location where a median barrier should be considered, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
Around 1:15 p.m. Saturday, a pickup truck driven by Robert Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee, was traveling southbound when it entered the grassy median, became airborne and then collided with a 2005 Ford Escape, driven by 24-year-old Amanda Murphy of Wilder.
Murphy and her fiance, 29-year-old Jason Timmons, died in the crash. Murphy was eight months pregnant.
The accident occurred north of Exit 18 on Interstate 89. A 2012 DOT study identified the area between Exits 18 and 19 on I-89 as a possible location to install a median barrier due to median width and crash rate, according to NHDOT spokesman Bill Boynton.
A section of I-89 between Exits 17 and 19 is slated to be improved as part of a 10 year transportation plan, Boynton said, and that project will include a review of whether a median barrier should be placed on that section of interstate.
The section of median is 110 feet wide, and the department of transportation usually limits barrier placement to areas where the median is much narrower, about 50 feet or less, Boynton said.
The project has a construction date of 2020.
Boynton added that other median barriers have recently been added to I-89.
A median barrier was added as part of the Exit 20 project and sections of median barrier are being added as part of the Lebanon-Enfield project that is taking place between Exit 15 and 17.