Studded Tires Allowed in Oregon Tomorrow

SALEM, Ore. — People are already feeling winter temperatures in some regions. Tomorrow, drivers will be allowed to drive with studded tires in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Transportation says studs are allowed from Nov. 1st through March 31st. Some transportation officials say it’s best to use all-weather tires or chains when it snows, instead … Continue reading »

Body Found in Coos Bay [UPDATE]

[UPDATE: 2:45 P.M.] Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the death of a 52-year old Mark Fortune of Florence. Florence’s body was found in Coos Bay following an apparent accident while he worked on a lower maintenance bridge underneath Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge. According to investigators, the circumstances surrounding his death and how … Continue reading »

Truck Crash in Scottsburg Closes Hwy 38

[UPDATE 5:00 p.m]: The drive r was identified as Brian J. Neeley, age 54, from Sheridan. Neeley was cited by OSP for Careless Driving and Fail to Drive Within Lane. SCOTTSBURG, Ore. — Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge near milepost 16 is still closed following a traffic crash involving a commercial truck pulling a flatbed … Continue reading »

Truck Crash Causes I-5 Delays

NEAR GOLD HILL, Ore. — For the rest of the day, drivers along I-5 southbound near Gold Hill will be moving through just a single lane. A truck carrying 50,000 glass bottles crashed just after 4 a.m. Friday morning near exit 45. The truck crash initially took up both lanes of traffic. ODOT officials say … Continue reading »

Drivers Going Too Fast Near Interchange

PHOENIX, Ore. – Several months after work began on the Fern Valley Interchange project, many drivers are choosing to ignore the reduced speed limit, according to Oregon State Police. The speed limit is posted at 50 miles per hour through the 2-mile stretch of Interstate 5 at Phoenix, in order to protect construction crews working … Continue reading »

ODOT Needs Better Planning for Success

MEDFORD, Ore.– The future of road construction is in question after an audit by the Secretary of State’s Office. The problem is two-fold. First, projected declines in gas taxes have led to a reduction in the staff size at the Oregon Department of Transportation. At the same time, temporary funding has increased the number of … Continue reading »

All I-5 Lanes Reopened at Fern Valley

PHOENIX, Ore. — After several weeks, all four lanes of Interstate 5 are reopened near the Fern Valley interchange. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been working at the site to remodel the interchange, and I-5 had been at two lanes for most of the last month. All lanes reopened at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, … Continue reading »

New Rest Area Coming Soon

ASHLAND, Ore. — A plan for a new rest stop near Ashland is moving forward. Yesterday, Jackson County commissioners approved using alternative water sources for the project. It is a requirement that all rest areas be connected to a water supply. In this case the water supply would be served by the city of Ashland. … Continue reading »

Drivers Hoping to Avoid Interchange Work

PHOENIX, Ore. — Some drivers in Phoenix said they are trying to avoid all of the road work that began today on the exit 24 interchange. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been warning drivers about delays on Interstate 5 during the construction. It’s a part of the ongoing Fern Valley Interchange project at exit … Continue reading »

Interstate 5 Work Postponed Due to Rain

PHOENIX, Ore. — The rainy weather forecast for this week has postponed work on Interstate 5 until further notice north of Phoenix which would have channeled traffic into a single lane. In a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Project Manager Tim Fletcher said, “You cannot stripe when the weather is wet, it’s … Continue reading »

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