ODOT Prepares For Thanksgiving Travel

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Thanksgiving drivers have hit the road and the Oregon Department of Transportation is prepared so drivers won’t have to hit the breaks. The weather forecast for this holiday weekend is nothing like what hit Oregon and the Northwest earlier this week.

While some holiday travelers are making final preparations to pack up and hit the road the Oregon Department of Transportation has been planning for this weekend and the weather that comes with it for quite some time. The forecast, however, shows road conditions may be in good shape with the possibility of fog in the Rogue Valley and patches of ice high up on the passes. Some drivers decided to not take any chances and left first thing in the morning.

Lee Hofman stopped off to stretch his legs in Talent, about halfway from his drive from Corvallis to corning California. He says he took a look at the forecast before heading out. Hoffman said he had yet to see an accident and neither traffic nor weather had been a problem. Plow driver Craig Maxwell says he’s still waiting to hear whether or not he’ll be needed on the roads Thanksgiving but he’s glad to help assure the roads are safe.

Drivers are encouraged to check the forecast before they leave and to slow down and leave with plenty of time to get to their destination.