ODOT installing cable barriers from Douglas co. to CA border

Medford, Ore. —  The Oregon Department of Transportation, or ODOT, is gearing up for an I5 project, spanning Douglas county to the California border.

Beginning Monday, crews will start installing cable barriers near Rice Hill. They’ll work their way south down the Interstate, over the next ten months. Some lanes could be closed during the process.

Project coordinators say the three-cable system helps prevent head on crashes.

“It’s a very cost effective way to save lives,” ODOT spokesperson Dan Latham said. “When we have a concrete barrier in between the lanes to prevent head on crashed, that can cost as much as $80 a foot, but cable barrier’s only about $15 dollars a foot.”

The project will cost $7.4 million. Barriers will be put in at 15 different locations. Cable barriers are already in place near Ashland, those will not be replaced.

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