The recent article in the Tribune on the proposed new dividers that will be used in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks on the interstates misses one very relevant factor.
As I drove to Minneapolis and back recently there were over a dozen spots where vehicles had hit these barriers and there were headlights, fenders, parts of doors and other automotive parts strewn across the snow that was so deep it would have stopped any vehicles entering that median. Now picture if it were summer, and a motorcycle hits one of these barriers ... what you would have then is body parts in the median. Because what this kind of divider would do is rip you limb from limb, if you were unfortunate enough to hit it with your body. Oh, and if in fact it just stopped your motorcycle and you only lost a lower extremity the rest of you would go flying into the oncoming traffic.
In my opinion the cost would be much more than just vehicle repairs. It would be in the lives of people who ride motorcycles. This is why I no longer ride on the interstate in Minnesota, having been forced onto the shoulder on more than one occasion by drivers who just didn't see me. If the state is foolish enough to go forward with this plan or expand on it at all, I suggest they set aside much more than $6 million to pay for the host of lawsuits that will be generated by the families of dismembered loved ones.
Brad Berg, Bismarck