Category Archives: Dept. of Transportation (ODOT)

“Fire and Ice” program keeps seasonal employees busy all year

Some seasonal employees that fight fires in the summer for the Oregon Department of Forestry are working to keep roads clear for the Oregon Department of Transportation. The statewide program “Fire and Ice” has been around since the mid-eighties. The idea of the program is to better utilize state resources, when one agency is in […]
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Letters sent protesting Van Buren Bridge decision

Current and former Corvallis-area public officials have sent letters to the state calling for changes in how the Van Buren Bridge project moves forward. Source: Letters sent protesting Van Buren Bridge decision | Government and Politics |

Oregon DMV overhaul turns to online services for drivers

Those trips to the Oregon DMV office should be getting easier — if you have to go at all. The Oregon Department of Transportation is in the middle of a $90 million revamp of its Driver & Motor Vehicle Services. The work will change how Oregonians register and title vehicles, prepare for trips to the DMV office […]
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Work begins soon on $20 million Delta Highway interchange overhaul

ODOT readies a $20 million overhaul on the aging interchange at Delta Highway and Randy Papé Beltline, home to one of the area’s most notorious rush-hour pinch points. Local motorists can rejoice: The days are numbered for one of the area’s stress-inducing and dangerous merging lanes. Source: Work begins soon on $20 million Delta Highway […]
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Bars preparing for ‘Drinksgiving’ in Eugene

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for bars. Bars in Eugene are preparing for one of their busiest days of the year, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It’s been called “Drinksgiving.” Abby Lytle, the bar manager at the Side Bar off of Coburg Road, said they are expecting over […]
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Photos / Winter: ODOT prepares

It’s that time of year when we all get ready for winter, including the crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation. The following is a conversation with ODOT’s public relations spokesman Gary Leaming about the agency’s winter preparations and who crews will work to keep roads open and safe. Source: Photos / Winter: ODOT prepares […]
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Update: 3 Cascades highways closed; chains required on I-5 at California border

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting that three high Cascade mountain highways are closing due to zero visibility and blizzard conditions. They are: • Oregon 138 (North Umpqua Highway) east of Roseburg is closing at Tokatee (MP 61) to its junction with U.S. 97. • Oregon 62 and 230 are closing at Prospect (MP […]
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Hooskanaden slide area shifts earlier than usual

The Hooskanaden area on U.S. Highway 101 between Gold Beach and Brookings is shifting again. Heavy rains are to blame for the slight move in soil where mud and rocks relocated part of the highway last winter, according to Dan Latham, public affairs officer with the Oregon Department of Transportation. Source: Hooskanaden slide area shifts […]
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New safety markings on Highway 99

Bicylists and pedestrians have some new safety tools at their disposal in South Corvallis. The Oregon Department of Transportation has painted green and white markings on the east side of Highway 99W to hopefully make it safer for folks connecting with the multiuse path that runs under the bridge over the Marys River. Source: New […]
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High winds, ‘potentially historic’ storm could make Thanksgiving travel in Southern Oregon very dangerous

“If people can leave today, now is the time.” That’s Oregon Department of Transportation district manager Jerry Marmon. And he said it in an official statement on Monday — that is, if you haven’t hit the road yet for your Thanksgiving destination, you might be behind the weather curve. Source: High winds, ‘potentially historic’ storm […]
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