U.S. Highway 26 between Gresham and Sandy - and then on up to Mount Hood - is a notoriously deadly stretch of road.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has invested heavily in making the highway safer in recent years, and this spring and summer it plans to continue improving the road by finishing a repaving project that started last summer.

But as construction crews begin the work, possibly as soon as early April, local commuters should take care to ensure that an already hazardous highway doesn't temporarily become even more dangerous. When the project is under way, driving between Gresham and Sandy will be affected at times. Work will occur during both day and night, with single-lane closures and flaggers controlling traffic at intersections during paving.

That means drivers must slow down and be alert to the changes. Over the years, too many people have lost their lives on Highway 26. The spring and summer construction seasons are a time when drivers must take extra care, no matter where they are traveling. But this is especially true when it comes to navigating Highway 26 in the midst of a major repaving project.

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