COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina transportation officials say they will no longer install a guardrail system that is under scrutiny in other states.
But the South Carolina Department of Transportation says it won’t remove the X-LITE guardrail end systems currently in place.
Tennessee and Missouri are removing their X-LITE in the midst of a campaign that says the guardrails are responsible for several deaths.
South Carolina DOT Deputy Secretary for Engineering Leland Colvin says existing X-LITE guardrails will be replaced as they wear out.
Colvin told The Greenville News the X-LITE system is one of three guardrails types the agency uses.
There are no officials records of deaths or injuries caused in South Carolina by the guardrails.
X-LITE says its guardrails meet federal guidelines and no system can stop every fatality or injury.
Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com