Bly said traffic engineers have talked about doing a field study of the road for some time. She said engineers now hope to complete the study before the end of the year.
"It's definitely on the top of our mind," she said. "I'd say this year, before it gets cold, it's going to happen."
Highways crews milled and installed new asphalt on the section of the road between Charleston and the Edens Fork exit last year.
Bly said the new smoother surface could increase the risk of crashes when motorists are driving too fast on wet roads.
She said engineers might look at putting a high-friction surface on the road, which can improve vehicle traction and water drainage.
They also will explore whether to install cable
barriers, which would prevent crashes resulting from
a vehicle crossing the median.
Bly said they would also see if signage should be installed instructing tractor-trailers to slow down in the area.
While these are all extra safety features, Bly said they still wouldn't prevent crashes if people continue to drive too fast in unfavorable conditions.
"It takes the drivers - that's the thing," she said. "When it's raining, or there's ice or snow or, it's night, you have to be cautious of it. If you're going in to a turn or curve, you need to slow down."
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