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Cable barriers are in place in the median of Interstate 35 between Cloquet and the Minnesota Highway 210 exit. They’re aimed at preventing careening vehicles from crossing medians into oncoming traffic. (Andrew Krueger / akrueger@duluthnews.com)

Cable barriers on Minnesota freeways stop crashes, save lives

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Simple steel sentinels will be on duty this Memorial Day weekend, protecting Minnesota motorists at minimal cost.

They are the stubby cable fences now strung along almost 400 miles of Minnesota highways to prevent careening vehicles from crossing medians into oncoming traffic.

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