Beginning in spring 2017, ODOT will make several improvements to U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) between NW Glencoe Road and Mile Post 53. Key elements of the work will include:
• Repaving both directions of U.S. 26
• Repaving of the NW Wilson River Highway (OR 6) and the NW Dersham Road interchange ramps (Ramp work will require nighttime detours)
• Adding cable median barrier
• Adding rumble strips
• Resurfacing four freeway bridges
• Repaving the weigh station
Project Area and Improvements
Design - Spring through December 2016
Construction - Spring through Fall 2017
Construction will take place during the day and nighttime. All lanes of U.S. 26 will remain open during the day, with lane closures occurring at night. Ramp work will require nighttime detours. This website will include up to date traffic information once construction begins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are rumble strips and why are they being installed?
A: In Oregon, 66 percent of fatal crashes are a result of a vehicle leaving its lane. Rumble strips are an effective, low-cast way to reduce crashes where drivers cross the center line or run off the road. They are grooves or rows of indents in the pavement that cause a vibration and audible rumbling, transmitted through the wheels into the car body. They're used to grab a driver's attention through vibration and noise to alert them they are leaving the travel lane.
Q: How do rumble strips effect bikes?
A: Rumble strips on shoulders where people biking travel are installed in a "gap" pattern, which leaves room for the cyclist to safely leave the shoulder without traveling on the rumble strip. This gap pattern has been successfully used in other areas of the region.
Q: What is cable median barrier and why is it being installed?
A: Median barriers created a division between travel lanes going opposite directions. They are installed to increase the safety of the highway by decreasing the amount and severity of head-on and crossover crashes. Cable median barrier has been proven effective across the nation and in Oregon at reducing the severity of crossover crashes. It is also a cost effective barrier, with a construction cost of approximately $15 per foot, compared to $80 per foot for concrete barrier.
Please send your questions or comments to:
Katelyn Jackson, ODOT Community Affairs
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