Category Archives: Dept. of Transportation (ODOT)

Homeless camps, piles of trash captured in viewer videos

A Salem man exploring the urban areas of the city recently discovered several homeless camps and was appalled to find mounds of trash. On hikes along the Santiam Creek and Willamette River, Chris Casarez discovered three major homeless camps at Cascades Gateway and Minto-Brown Island parks as well as on private land near Wallace Marine […]
Read More »

Rose Quarter freeway project would reduce travel times and greenhouse gases, report says

If built, a proposed construction project along a problematic 1.7-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in the heart of Portland will dramatically reduce travel times, improve safety for bicycles and pedestrians through the area, and “slightly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Rose Quarter freeway project would reduce travel times and greenhouse gases, report says – oregonlive.com

Public comment sought on I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project

Forty-five day public comment period has begun on federally-required Environmental Assessment released Friday, Feb. 15. An environmental study of the proposed I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project predicts short-term work-related problems but long-term gains, including reduced congestion and air pollution in the construction site. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Public comment sought on I-5 Rose Quarter […]
Read More »

Editorial: Find a solution for Juniper Canyon

To get to homes in Crook County’s Juniper Canyon, there’s only one way in or out. County officials and residents have been worried for years that the single access road could be a safety problem in the event of a wildfire or other emergency. Creating a second access road needs to be a priority for […]
Read More »

Closures coming: ODOT replaces I-84 bridges in Troutdale

Construction will cause weekend and night lane closures on busy interstate in Troutdale. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is replacing two aging bridges on Interstate 84 over Graham Road in Troutdale, along with reconstructing the Graham Road underpass. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Closures coming: ODOT replaces I-84 bridges in Troutdale

Contaminated soil hauled from tanker crash site on I-5 near Keizer

A cleanup operation was in full gear Thursday to clear contaminated soil following the crash of a tanker truck on Interstate 5 near Keizer last week. About 1,100 gallons of diesel and 400 gallons of gasoline were spilled after the truck overturned, according to Katherine Benenati, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality. Source: […]
Read More »

ODOT will conduct internal investigation into what could have prevented I-84 West closure

Traffic on Interstate 84 was moving smoothly through the Columbia River Gorge Thursday morning. It was a much different scene than Wednesday when snow and ice left drivers stuck and stranded on the interstate for nearly an entire day. Source: ODOT will conduct internal investigation into what could have prevented I-84 West closure

Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon

A controversial weed-killer has split the state, and pit state regulators against feds. Source: Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon

Thousands Still Stuck on Columbia River Gorge Highway in a 20-Mile-Long Ice Jam

Some have gone without food, water, or bathroom breaks since the jam started on Interstate 84 some 16 hours ago. Source: Thousands Still Stuck on Columbia River Gorge Highway in a 20-Mile-Long Ice Jam

Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge project or owe feds $140 million

Oregon and Washington must restart a project to rebuild the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River soon or they’ll owe the federal government $140 million. That’s according to a new report from Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson who calls the plan to overhaul the bridge a failure. Source: Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge […]
Read More »