The safety cable barrier installed in the center of U.S. 26 near Cherryville Drive. Photo by Bryan Dorr.

A peek at the new U.S. 26 cable median barrier

For many years, head-on collision that resulted in injuries and fatalities, have plagued a stretch of U.S. 26 just east of Sandy between Cherryville Drive and Alder Creek.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently installed a two-mile long cable median barrier to prevent vehicles from straying into oncoming traffic.

The cable barriers are made of three tightly stretched cables, supported by slim steel I-beams mounted into the median. The cable ends are then anchored into the ground, with each end of the cable fastened to an independent anchor post.

In addition to the cable barrier installation, other safety improvement projects are taking place. The projects are expected to be completed by October.

For traffic and construction information, visit www.tripcheck.com.

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