Tag Archives: ODOT

ODOT road crews ready for winter

Fleet of plows, trucks and more ready to tackle snow, ice. Roads across nearly all of Central Oregon are still snow-free, but for the Oregon Department of Transportation, Monday marked the start of winter. Each year in the second week of November, ODOT makes the shift to winter operations. The fleet of plows and snowblowers, […]
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ODOT Motor Carrier safety issues, contract handling speak to state’s lack of transparency

Is this Gov. Kate Brown’s idea of government transparency? This week, Statesman Journal senior reporter Tracy Loew reported that leaders of the Motor Carrier division of the Oregon Department of Transportation refuse to answer to the public, are ignoring their own employees’ complaints about unsafe work conditions and practices, and yet, they still have their jobs. […]
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ODOT will salt more miles of I-5, I-84 as Oregon braces for snowy, icy winter

After last year’s historically wet, snowy winter in the Mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon agencies are preparing to expand salt treatments on state roads. Freezing rain, sleet and thick snowpacks created hazardous traveling conditions throughout the state, causing multiple car crashes and vehicles spinning out of control on Interstate 5. Source: ODOT will salt more miles of I-5, I-84 […]
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Whistleblowers, audits critical of ODOT division, lawmakers mostly unaware

When Gerritt Law started work at Oregon’s Motor Carrier Transportation Division in 2013, he found an operation in disarray. His team leader was drawing engineering plans he wasn’t licensed to create and allowing electrical work on multiple projects to be done by unlicensed contractors, Law, 32, alleged in multiple emails to his superiors, other state agencies and, ultimately, […]
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Will expanding I-5 relieve congestion? Freight industry says yes

Despite numerous studies demonstrating that freeway expansions worsen congestion, the freight industry supports a proposed expansion of I-5 at the Rose Quarter. Members of the rail and trucking industries say the project will relieve congestion and improve safety. Source: Oregon Business – Will expanding I-5 relieve congestion? Freight industry says yes

Failure of ODOT overpass not slowing improvements

La Pine’s north gateway in line for development, and maybe some traffic fixes. The cancellation of a highway overpass project in La Pine is not expected to slow efforts to redevelop the city’s northern gateway. Last month, the Oregon Department of Transportation pulled the plug on an overpass that would have rerouted U.S. Highway 97 […]
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Salt will be used on Interstate 84 this winter

ODOT pilot project aims to reduce crashes, closures on state’s roads. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a cooler than average winter in the Northwest. Despite this ominous forecast, driving on Interstate 84 may be safer than in recent winters because of an addition to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s arsenal against winter’s […]
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Eugene’s bike rental program set to bloom this spring; title sponsor secured, but not yet announced

A fleet of 300 bicycles is expected to launch next spring at 35 stations around downtown Eugene, the Whiteaker neighborhood and the University of Oregon. All the bikes will look the same and be ready for rental with a couple of taps on a smartphone, as Eugene joins the growing pack of cities with a […]
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Studded-tire season is here — and so is the snow at the Cascade passes

The first major snowstorm of the year is hitting Oregon’s Cascade Range just in time to usher in the state’s studded-tire season. Willamette Valley dwellers will most likely need to put their studded tires to use this weekend if they plan on venturing to high elevations — although state officials urge residents to hold off […]
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Car and wildlife crashes peak in fall, but roadkill dinner can wait

Salvage rules expected in 2019. Collisions between vehicles and wildlife peak in the fall, but drivers won’t get to harvest what they hit until 2019. Ever since a rule passed earlier this year allowing drivers to keep roadkill deer and elk in the future, law enforcement and fish and wildlife officials say drivers frequently ask […]
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