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 »

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 »

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