Changes Coming To Signal On U.S. 199

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Owner of Fairgorunds Towing and Shell, Randy Harris knows access to customers is one of the key factors in running a business. “If you have a bad location, if you’re hard to get to, if you’re hard to get out of, it impacts your business,” said Harris. A new project by … Continue reading »

Truck Lane Construction On Sexton

HUGO, Ore. — Northbound Interstate 5 travelers will have some delays to be aware of for the next several months, but O-DOT officials say it should make traffic run more smoothly when the work is done. A $28 million project to add a hill climbing lane from trucks on Sexton Mountain is about to begin. … Continue reading »

Police Stepping Up On Driving Safety

MEDFORD, Ore. — Beginning Monday, and stretching through the end of the month, police departments state-wide are beefing up patrols looking for traffic violations. The increased patrols are thanks to a grant funded in part by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Drivers NewsWatch12 spoke with say buckling up is automatic to them, but have seen … Continue reading »

ODOT Funds Overtime For Texting Sting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Starting Monday, local law enforcement agencies will crack down on drivers texting at the wheel. The Oregon Department of Transportation is paying local officers for overtime to step up patrols for seat belts, boosters, texting and speeding all across the state. ODOT officials say looking at your phone for four seconds is … Continue reading »

No Salting On Interstate 84

PENDLETON, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation is saying it will not consider using salt on Interstate 84. This is in spite of recent incidents there including the fatal tour bus crash. ODOT said numerous other wrecks involving cars driving in from states use salt. Instead, officials are testing salt on Interstate 5 near … 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 »

Weather Creates Landslide Problems

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Transportation crews are keeping an eye out for any road problems the weather could be causing. ODOT says several spots along area highways have reports of high water that includes Highways 62 near Shady Cove, Highway 99 near Rogue River, and Highway 238 at Murphy. They have not had any reports … 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 »

ODOT Prepares For Thanksgiving Travel

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 … Continue reading »

ODOT Tests Mileage Tax Program

WHITE CITY, Ore. – A pilot program is testing an alternative to paying gas tax, for those driving cars that don’t use much gas. The goal behind the plan is to replace the gas tax dollars being lost as more drivers switch to fuel-efficient vehicles. The way the system works now is drivers fill up, … Continue reading »

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