CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — When some drivers are too scared to brave the slick conditions, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews hit the road hard at work around the clock to make them safer. The Central Point ODOT crews is bringing on extra help this weekend to help tame the snowy conditions. “Anybody that can come in will be coming in,” said ODOT Coordinator Steve Stone.
Crews will work on the major roadways first. Shutting down anything completely will be a last resort. “As far as we’re concerned, it’s not an option. We’ll do everything we can and bring in every piece of equipment we have to, as long as we have to, to keep that highway open,” said Stone.
If you’re headed out this weekend, expect major roadways to be in better shape than smaller streets. “The roads will be as good as we can make them. I mean we’re going to ice them, we’re going to plow them, and try to make travel as safe as possible. But ultimately, the people are going to have to drive for the conditions and the conditions are going to be icy.”