ODOT Clears Blackberries Near I-5

MEDFORD, Ore. — Work being done along Interstate 5 in Medford will give a new look to the Bear Creek Greenway and help police patrol the area. Oregon Department of Transportation workers have been clearing blackberry bushes and thick vegetation along the west side of I5 in Medford. Monday, crews continued their work near the … Continue reading »

ODOT Project Hits Speed Bump

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Eric Gregory lives in White City and said sometimes, the traffic going into Medford can be brutal. “Bumper to bumper probably from Fred Meyer clear back to the Wal-Mart there, some days,” said Gregory. Eliminating that traffic is the goal of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s expressway project, but that project … Continue reading »

“Connect Oregon” Expanding Projects

MEDFORD, Ore. — More than 100 applications have been submitted to the Oregon Department of Transportation to create new transit options in the Rogue Valley. The 2013 Oregon legislature approved $42 million in lottery-backed bonds for a program called Connect Oregon. This is the first year they have added bicycle and pedestrian projects as eligible … Continue reading »

ODOT Prepares for Snow

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — A cold, wet weather system is sweeping across the Northwest with a promise that snow could fall in the high country by Monday evening, and maybe even near the valley floor by Tuesday morning. For ODOT crews, this is the first likely snow event of the year. So, the plows are … Continue reading »

Aging Bridges in Need of Repair

MEDFORD, Ore. – Thousands of bridges across the country are in need of major repair or replacement, and while Oregon is better than most states, transportation workers say there is still more work to do. The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to repair a number of aging bridges that are beginning to show more … Continue reading »

ODOT Unveils New Design for Exit 24

PHOENIX, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation is unveiling the new design for the Exit 24 interchange off of I-5 in Phoenix. The planning process has been in the works for 10 years, and now it’s coming to life. Out at the Exit 24 interchange in Phoenix, there are four traffic lights at this … Continue reading »

Traffic Crash Near Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation reports a crash on I-5 near Grants Pass at mile post 55. Traffic was moving slowly in the northbound lanes due to the crash. Oregon State Police say the crash involved two cars. One car was following too close to the other and clipped it, causing … Continue reading »

Studded Tire Season Ends

MEDFORD, Ore. — Another sign of the changing seasons: studded tire season is ending. The Oregon Department of Transportation says studded tire season will not be extended this year. That means you will have until the end of the week to take them off. If you are caught driving in Oregon after March 31st with … Continue reading »

Coquille Tribe Grants Governor Extension

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Bureau of Indian Affairs is giving the Governor more time to comment on the Coquille casino proposal. Governor Kitzhaber says he wants to look over the gaming application and talk with the Department of Transportation and other state officials. He’ll now have 60 days to do so. The original deadline was … Continue reading »

Traffic Congestion At Sexton

MT. SEXTON, Ore. — Work is now under way to create a new climbing lane for trucks over Sexton Mountain on Interstate 5. Concrete barriers have narrowed the traffic to two lanes, without an emergency parking area that many trucks used to use. So while contractors are clearing the hillside in preparation for excavation, drivers … Continue reading »

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