Tag Archives: ODOT

Impatient drivers endanger highway workers

The death of one road worker and the injury of two others over the past week have prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to warn people to slow down in construction zones. “People are waiting in line and they get impatient and try to break the line,” said Dave Thompson, spokesman for ODOT. Jackson County […]
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Oregon Department of Transportation has message for Oregon drivers

The Union Street Railroad Bridge across the Willamette River is turning orange through coming days to remind travelers to keep an eye out for road construction workers. One worker was killed earlier this week in eastern Oregon, while two others have been injured in Oregon and Washington, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said Friday. Source: Oregon Department of […]
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OTC moves forward on tolling application

In addition to tolls on I-5 and I-205, the transportation commission is exploring creating a ‘seamless loop’ of tollways around the Portland area. The Oregon Transportation Commission voted unanimously Thursday, Aug. 16, to seek federal approval for tolling Interstates 5 and 205 through the Portland area and to study creating a seamless loop of tollways […]
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Slow down! 3 flaggers hurt or killed in 4 days, ODOT says

The Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers must pay attention while driving in work zones. These days, it seems like every motorist is in a rush. But safety always needs to come before speed, officials say. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Slow down! 3 flaggers hurt or killed in 4 days, ODOT says

Desperate for an Escape From Traffic Jams, Oregon Officials Will Ask Feds for Highway Tolls in Portland

“People would not go out to dinner because they didn’t want to deal with traffic,” said one commissioner before voting yes. Oregon transportation officials agreed to ask the federal government’s permission to toll sections of two Portland-area Interstate highways—and say they’re considering widening that plan to include all the region’s freeways. Source: Desperate for an […]
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Portland could see future tolls on Interstate 5, I-205

Still in ‘early stages’; pilot projects pondered. During its meeting Thursday meeting in John Day, the Oregon Transportation Commission considered the recommendations of its 25-member Portland Metro Area Value Pricing Policy Advisory Committee and provided direction to ODOT on preparation of an application to the Federal Highway Administration to implement tolling on stretches of interstates […]
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ODOT flagger seriously injured in crash near Monmouth

An Oregon Department of Transportation flagger was seriously hurt Wednesday night after being hit by a car in a construction zone. Source: ODOT flagger seriously injured in crash near Monmouth | KATU

Readers respond: Don’t toll our working poor off freeways | Guest Opinion

As the Transportation Commission forwards its recommendation to the Oregon Department of Transportation, I wonder if others are thinking what I am thinking: Is it a good idea to relieve freeway congestion by charging commuters for the privilege of using highways? Source: Readers respond: Don’t toll our working poor off freeways

Tolling twist: Oregon might toll all Portland area freeways

Murray sends letter to Gov. Brown saying don’t go with Concept C. Oregon transportation officials confirmed Thursday that they will abide by a committee’s recommendation and not immediately pursue tolling on Interstates 5 and 205 from the Washington border. But they will consider imposing tolls on all Portland-area freeways. The news came in a letter […]
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ODOT cancels Highway 62 chip-seal project because of fires

Part of a chip-seal project intended for three southwest Oregon highways has been canceled due to nearby wildfires. A 6.5-mile section of Highway 62 was scheduled for resurfacing this month between Trail and Casey State Park. Source: ODOT cancels Highway 62 chip-seal project because of fires | Mail Tribune