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For I-5 drivers – Cable barriers to help end “cross-over” head on accidents

Cable median divider Stepped up installation between Salem and near Eugene.

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Stepped up installation between Salem and near Eugene.

A contractor will soon begin installing 42 miles of median cable barrier along Interstate 5 in Marion,Linn and Lane Counties. The $7 million dollar project is in response to an emergency declaration signed by ODOT Director Matthew Garrett on October 24.

ODOT had planned to install the cable barriers during the 2015 construction season but moved up those dates due to two fatal cross-over crashes in September and October.

The contractor plans to complete the Salem project by the end of January, 2015 and the Linn County project by mid-March, 2015. Both projects include removal of berms. The Salem project includes installation of the cable barrier from near the Mission Street/OR 22 Interchange to near the Chemawa Road/Salem Parkway interchange in Marion County.

The Albany project calls for the barriers to be installed from milepost near the exit to Harrisburg to near the Jefferson Highway interchange in Linn County. There is also a small section of freeway in Lane County near Camas Swale Creek that will receive cable barriers.

The department will require the installation of temporary barriers to both jobs to protect construction workers and motorists during construction.

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