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Safety barriers going up on Highway 99

ODOT hopes to prevent fatal crashes on the highway between Eugene and Junction City.

Posted: Mar 6, 2020 12:35 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2020 6:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Median safety barriers are being installed along the stretch of Highway 99 between Eugene and Junction City.

Officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation said that the main reason for the concrete barriers is to help prevent fatal crashes on the highway.

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The barriers cost $1.5 million to install.

"The main purpose is to eliminate or reduce significantly the number of crossover crashes that have been occurring on that section of highway," said Lou Torres with ODOT. "These are vehicles that depart the roadway and cross over into the other lanes of traffic for a variety of different reasons."

The barriers stretch for about two miles between Milliron Road and Awbrey Lane.

William Wood is the owner of Meadowview Storage in Junction City. He said he has witnessed multiple serious crashes on Highway 99 over the years.

“We’ve heard several and seen several of them," Wood said. "There was one here a few months back. We walked up to it before the police arrived. I saw the guy dead in his car. His head was cracked open.”

ODOT also plans to upgrade signals to improve their visibility, so the public knows to slow down.

"It could save someone's life," Wood said.

This project will continue over the next few weeks.

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