Tag Archives: ODOT

Damaged county roads face uncertain future

Roads affected by winter frost and spring runoff targeted for repair Wallowa County’s 700 miles of roads is a lot to manage, especially in the face of tough winters and shrinking budgets that force the county commissioners to take a hard look at the future. Source: Damaged county roads face uncertain future; Roads affected by […]
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Economist: Salem Transportation Package Won’t Solve Traffic Bottlenecks 

Economist Joe Cortright argues that the proposed expansions will result in more driving but not a faster commute. Lawmakers are touting a proposed Salem transportation package that would spend $1 billion to widen  I-5 near the Rose Quarter, Highway 217 south of Beaverton and I-205 near Oregon City as a way to address traffic congestion. Source: Economist: […]
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Transportation under Trump 

With the Trump administration expected to unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure bill this year, it’s still unclear how much new federal funding would be proposed, if its timeline would be prioritized before healthcare, or what it would include. Nonetheless, the Oregon Department of Transportation is manuevering to get a piece of that trillion-dollar pie. Source: […]
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ODOT anticipate Scottsburg Bridge to reopen this weekend

Working sometimes 18-hour days, construction laborers should be on track to have both lanes of state Highway 38’s Scottsburg Bridge open this weekend. Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Bryan Mast said that Fred Wahl Marine Inc. of Reedsport has fabricated six steel pieces plus the splices to connect them for bridge repairs. Source: ODOT anticipate […]
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Editorial: Expanding Highway 20 will take cash, patience

A pair of representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation recently dutifully attended a meeting of the Benton County Board of Commissioners in part to answer this question: What would it take to expand Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis to four lanes? Here was the short answer: $125 million to $150 million for a […]
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County sees drop in traffic deaths

Following increases every year since 2012, deaths from traffic accidents in Jackson County have dropped to virtually none in the first third of 2017. Two fatal crashes have occurred in Jackson County since January, but Sheriff Nathan Sickler said at a county Budget Committee meeting Monday that both deaths were “likely self-harm. Source: County sees drop […]
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Yachats gets an upgrade | Opinion |

For Yachats, a place that prides itself on being unlike anywhere else on Earth, it’s not surprising that the idea of upgrading Highway 101 through town with curbs, sidewalks and bike paths has triggered a rip tide of dissent. In the eyes of some Yachatsians, the folks doing the work, the Oregon Department of Transportation, […]
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ODOT: Scottsburg Bridge unstable, in need of emergency repair

 A structural analysis of the Scottsburg Bridge found that one of the bridge’s main steel supports was damaged, making the bridge unstable and unable to hold the weight of traffic. In a letter to local legislators and stakeholders, ODOT Region 3 Manager Frank Reading said repairs are estimated to cost more than $300,000. Source: ODOT: […]
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Represented: Fixing And Funding Oregon’s Roads

We hit the road — literally — to see how a pothole is filled, and find out how that kind of routine road maintenance fits into the huge transportation package lawmakers are putting together. All around Oregon, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are struggling with the potholes left behind from a particularly brutal winter. Think Out Loud […]
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Program grows to get more youths on the road

Beginning next fall, Malheur Education Service District will be expanding its Driver and Traffic Safety Education program to cover most eastern Oregon education counties. Malheur ESD, which has been making drivers education classes available in Malheur, Baker and Harney counties, will also be providing them in Grant and Wallowa counties through a grant from the […]
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