Category Archives: Dept. of Transportation

Freeway widening could slam into Medford apartment plans

The future of a 108-unit apartment complex near downtown Medford is in question following the Oregon Department of Transportation’s decision to buy a 60-foot swath of the property for a possible future widening of Interstate 5. “It’s up in the air,” said Mark McKechnie of Oregon Architecture. Source: Freeway widening could slam into Medford apartment […]
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Since You Asked: GPS used to update curve speed limits

Q: I drive the Siskiyou Pass several times a week, because I moved near Yreka but still work and play in Ashland. About three weeks ago, the speed limit on several curves northbound just past the summit were changed from 50 mph and 45 mph to 55 mph…. A: Those changed speed limits you’ve noticed, […]
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ODOT to start Highway 34 safety projects

Public reception to the installation of traffic signals and street lights at Seven Mile Lane and Highway 34 in 2016 has been overwhelming, according to Linn County Roadmaster Darrin Lane. Now the Oregon Department of Transportation is preparing to start the second round of projects designed to improve traffic safety along Highway 34 between Lebanon […]
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Reload facility pre-proposal passes muster

The Treasure Valley Reload Center proposal is now over its latest major hurdle with approval of its pre-proposal document by the Oregon Transportation Commission during a meeting Thursday, according to Greg Smith, Malheur County Economic Development director. When completed, the proposed reload facility would handle trucks bringing products to the central location to be put […]
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Road-use tax pilot program in Washington state begins in two weeks

Washington state will launch its road-use tax pilot program in two weeks, according to state officials. The pilot program will last approximately one year and can potentially replace the fuel tax if proven successful. In partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Licensing, Federal Highway Administration, City of Surrey, Oregon […]
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Oregon’s local, state agencies brace for federal government shutdown

The U.S. government shut down at midnight Friday after Congress failed to resolve a partisan standoff over immigration and spending. A flurry of last-minute negotiations failed to beat the deadline. The shutdown left Northwest officials and residents wondering what could happen to programs and jobs across the region. Source: Oregon’s local, state agencies brace for federal government […]
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Subsidized passenger train ridership declines after derailment

Oregon saw its subsidized passenger train ridership plummet in December following a fatal train derailment south of Tacoma Dec. 18. Ridership of state-subsidized Amtrak Cascade passenger trains has plummeted in the past month since an Amtrak train derailment just south of Tacoma, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Source: Subsidized passenger train ridership declines […]
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Pace Of Seismic Retrofits Picks Up To Help Drivers Get Around After ‘The Big One’

Oregon and Washington officials have identified hundreds of bridges that still need to be replaced or retrofitted to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake from the offshore Cascadia fault zone. But the pace of highway reinforcements is picking up. Source: Pace Of Seismic Retrofits Picks Up To Help Drivers Get Around After ‘The Big One’ . News | […]
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Editorial: A step ahead for Millersburg project 

Plans to place an intermodal freight-transfer facility on the site of the former International Paper mill in Millersburg got a boost Thursday: Oregon Department of Transportation officials said that the proposal on behalf of the Millersburg site was good enough to move forward and that backers now would be invited to submit a more detailed […]
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Millersburg transload project gets a boost

The Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corp. has cleared its first major hurdle toward building a $25 million transmodal reloading facility at the former International Paper site. At a meeting of the Oregon Transportation Commission on Thursday, AMEDC’s application for what is officially called the Mid-Willamette Valley Intermodal Project was deemed complete and the project was qualified […]
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