Severe Weather Affects Travelers

MEDFORD, Ore. — A storm moved into the southern portions of the West Coast on Wednesday. Southern Oregon and Northern California saw strong winds and rains on Wednesday night. The Oregon Department of Transportation said heavy rains are always a concern for drivers. ODOT recommends drivers slow down, leave plenty of following room, make sure wipers are working, and watch … Continue reading »

Grass Fire Near Gold Hill

GOLD HILL, Ore. —  Oregon Department of Transportation is working to finish up mowing some of the tall dry grass surrounded the roadways around the Rogue Valley as fire season gets worse. On Wendesday afternoon, though they took extra precautions and had water and fire officials on scene it was not enough to prevent a small … Continue reading »

White City Controlled Burns Postponed

WHITE CITY, Ore. —  Grayback Forestry burned 15 acres near Table Rock Road on Thursday morning in a controlled burn to prepare for another burn that would have been almost 10 times larger. The 143 acre burn was suppose to happen Friday morning, but was cancelled Thursday evening due to less-than-ideal conditions in the area. Oregon … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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