Drivers, Police Prep for Winter Weather

MEDFORD, Ore., – As another winter weather system prepared to move in to Southern Oregon, people were already battening down the hatches Wednesday night. People in Medford were pummeled by strong wind gusts after dark Wednesday, and it left people scrambling to finish their plans and get inside before conditions got worse. β€œIt’s freezing cold, … Continue reading »

Winter Weather Keeps ODOT Crews Busy

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — As snow fell on I -5 Saturday morning near the border of Oregon and California, workers with the Oregon Department of Transportation were in full force making sure the roads were safe and clear for drivers. “We’ve started pre-treating for the last couple days. In anticipation with these storms coming in,” … Continue reading »

Flooding Causes Delays on I-5 Southbound

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southbound traffic on I-5 near milepost 32 was reduced to one lane Sunday afternoon while crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation pulled out a damaged culvert and worked on draining the water that had built up behind it. “The water started eroding under that culvert to such a degree that it … Continue reading »

First Bike Signal in Southern Oregon

ASHLAND, Ore. — A system used to avoid car and bicyclist collisions in Portland and Eugene is now working in Southern Oregon. ODOT installed the first bicycle signal at Exit 14 in Ashland. The signal blinked to life on Wednesday, working just like a regular traffic signal, only the red, yellow, and green lights are … Continue reading »

ODOT Warns of Fatal Wildlife Crashes

MEDFORD, Ore. — October and November is the time of year that deer and elk start looking for mates, and often become roadkill victims, but it’s not just the deer and elk and other animals who die. State Police say November is the highest month of the year for wildlife-involved traffic crashes. October is almost … Continue reading »

Changes To Exit 33

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Changes could be coming to an often congested exit along I-5. The Oregon Department of Transportation is accepting ideas to improving congestion and safety at Exit 33 the Central Point exit. It wouldn’t happen soon though, ODOT is calling it a long term plan looking toward the next 20 years; they’re … Continue reading »

Open Range Policy Could Change

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ore. — There could soon be a change to the wide open range of eastern Oregon. Earlier this month, five semi’s on Highway 97 plowed into a herd of cattle, killing 44 of them. Jefferson County Commissioners are considering a reduction in the amount of open range in the county. O-DOT reports says … Continue reading »

Metro Planning Organization Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Commissioners are facing a deadline next March to form a new planning organization, if the county wants to continue receiving federal highway dollars; that was the message Tuesday morning from ODOT Planning and Program Manager Michael Baker. Baker says newly released census data shows that the area between Grants Pass … Continue reading »

Highway 62 Project Open To Comment

MEDFORD, Ore. — A public comment period is underway for those who want their opinions heard with the new Highway 62 corridor proposal. There are several routes proposed and the Oregon Department of Transportation told NewsWatch12 the changes will increase safety while decreasing congestion. The public can mail or e-mail their comments to O-DOT or … Continue reading »

Public Comment Open For Corridor Project

MEDFORD, Ore. — A multi-million dollar project is hoping to relieve congestion and increase safety along Highway 62. The project is proposing a couple of changes from exit 30 to east Dutton Road. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been working on the design phase since 2004 and now they need your input. A 45 … Continue reading »

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