CDOT may put up barriers after multiple crashes or near misses on Highway 285 at Shaffers Crossing

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A head-on crash on Highway 285 at Shaffers Crossing Friday has the Colorado Department of Transportation considering permanent concrete barriers.

The two-car crash at Shaffers Crossing, just west of Conifer, on Friday afternoon left one person injured, according to Colorado State Patrol.

The crash was in an area highlighted by 7NEWS in July 2013, after a side-swipe collision and again in November 2013 when CDOT made changes intended to make the road safer.

"We have always looked at Shaffers Crossing as one that we want to continue to make sure we can make it as safe as we can," said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.

Last November, CDOT put up a temporary electronic sign warning drivers to "Keep Right," along with green reflectors in the median.

"We are starting to look at whether or not we can put in any kind of barriers in there, just to continue to keep the traffic on their own side of the road," said Ford.

In July 2013, 7NEWS asked CDOT why it wouldn't install concrete barriers. The reason remains concerns about snow removal.

"Plows when they get up near them [concrete barriers], there can sometimes be things left behind and that can cause ice patches which could potentially cause more problems than it solves," said Ford.

"Why not a cable barrier in the median," asked 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger.

"Cable barriers don't necessarily make sense in the center of roadways," Ford replied. "You see them when there's quite a bit of room on either side of the median, and the reason why is the cable barriers are designed to actually reflect and deflect a car off, which means you push them back into traffic."

"Well, given the nature of that, we don't actually want to push the vehicles back into traffic," said Ford. "Hopefully here in the next few months we would have an assessment of whether or not this is something that we could do."

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