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

This story is inappropriate and should be flagged for moderation. Please choose from one of the following options:

Add a comment


Comment: 250 Characters Left and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.