Category Archives: Dept. of Transportation

State kills $17M Wickiup Junction project

Transportation director says his agency failed the public. State transportation commissioners officially shut down the troubled $17 million Wickiup Junction overpass that suffered from rapidly settling soil. Project engineers never detected microscopic creatures that weakened the soil beneath the ramps on either side of the overpass above the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in La […]
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Deer migration season means watch out on the highway

Nearly 16,000 deer winter in Central Oregon. Thousands of deer are on the move in Central Oregon, making their annual migration from the slopes of the Cascades to more hospitable climes at lower elevations. The fall migration is also when deer are most likely to be hit by a vehicle. Source: Deer migration season means […]
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Columbia gorge fire: What you need to know as prosecutors announce charges

As prosecutors announced Thursday that they filed reckless burning charges in the Eagle Creek fire, here’s a status report on the fire’s aftermath and what’s next. Source: Columbia gorge fire: What you need to know as prosecutors announce charges | OregonLive.com

Charges filed against 15-year-old boy in Eagle Creek fire

A 15-year-old Vancouver boy faces reckless burning and other charges in the Eagle Creek fire that torched major swaths of the Columbia River Gorge, but authorities disclosed little else about the suspect or their investigation. Source: Charges filed against 15-year-old boy in Eagle Creek fire | OregonLive.com

Rain Dampens Wildfires, But May Spur Landslides in Columbia Gorge

As heavy rains move into the Northwest, geologists are watching the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. This summer’s wildfires have made slopes that are already prone to landslides even more treacherous. Source: Rain Dampens Wildfires, But May Spur Landslides in Columbia Gorge | KUOW News and Information

Oregon gets another one-year extension on Real ID Act

The federal Department of Homeland Security has given Oregon another one-year extension for compliance with the federal Real ID Act, the Oregon DMV announced Thursday. Source: Oregon gets another one-year extension on Real ID Act – KTVZ

ODOT ‘road diet’ still on the plate

It seems to be an idea that residents either love or hate, but most agree something has to be done about the speeding through town and dangerous crossings on U.S. Highway 101. Following a fatality involving a motorcyclist in the crosswalk at Ninth Street Southwest in the summer of 2016, the city sought a solution […]
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ODOT should have better included public on speed limit decision | Opinion

The Oregon Department of Transportation has approved a plan to lower the speed limit on Interstate 5 between Roseburg mileposts 123 to 127. The agency offered valid reasons for the change, including recent data from the state’s Speed Zone Review Panel that found an unusually high serious and fatal crash rate in the area. The […]
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State Rep. Greg Smith named to new transportation committee – Local News

Read State Rep. Greg Smith named to new transportation committee from East Oregonian Source: State Rep. Greg Smith named to new transportation committee – Local News – East Oregonian

Editorial: New bridge? After a century? Well, OK

Oregon legislators call them “Christmas trees,” bills such as this year’s $5.3 billion transportation package,  and there’s a reason for that: It turns out that these bills typically include shiny new presents for almost everyone. And so it was with the recent report that the bill includes more than $67 million to replace the Van […]
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