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ODOT Salt Pilot Program Doesn't Extend to Highway 140

During the winter, Highway 140 is notorious for icy and dangerous roads, especially on days like today when we see temperatures in the low 20's .

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018 6:14 PM
Updated: Feb. 26, 2018 6:15 PM

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.- While parts of Southern Oregon are getting salted through the ODOT pilot program, Highway 140 is still a no salt zone. Snow plows are coming down the highway and de-icers throughout the day clear what's left on the road.

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Today drivers on Highway 140 moved at a glacial pace. ODOT says that's smart because there's a lot of ice on the ground. George Gregory lives at the Lake of the Woods Resort off Highway 140.

He said ice has caused some big problems on his commutes over the last week. 

Gregory says, "I got stuck in the traffic jam on Monday and it was probably one of the worst traffic jams I've ever seen in the state was doing a great job plowing the road but people were still driving too fast and crashing."

This winter ODOT is taking the next step in its salt pilot program to treat icy roads. But that doesn't include Highway 140, you'll only see sand here.

ODOT is using salt in strategic areas on the passes on Interstate 5, on Highway 95 towards Idaho and Nevada, and on Interstate 84 near Boardman to the Idaho border. 

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