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 »

Project Looks at Taxing Car Mileage

MEDFORD, Ore. – A pilot project by the Oregon Department of Transportation is looking at different ways to fund new road work, and one option being discussed would replace the gas tax with a tax on mileage. ODOT will be presenting its idea at Rogue Valley Area Commission of Transportation meeting next week. The concept … Continue reading »

ODOT Prepares For Winter Driving

MEDFORD, Ore. – With ODOT’s recent announcement that it will use rock salt to clear snow on the Siskiyou Pass, mechanics say the salt can have corrosive effects if cars are not kept clean. Crews at Medford Automotive say rock salt can eat through paint, and cause rust. They say drivers who pass through an … Continue reading »

ODOT To Use Salt On Siskiyou Summit

SISKIYOU SUMMIT, Ore. — ODOT said it will begin to use salt on a limited basis to keep roads clear of snow on the Siskiyou Summitt. An ODOT spokesman says the department is starting a pilot project to use rock salt along I-5 at the Siskiyous. The salt would only be used in conditions where … Continue reading »

ODOT Prepares For Winter Weather

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation is making winter weather preparations a few weeks earlier than usual. ODOT officials say they usually don’t put carry chains signs up until November 1st, but this year cooler temperatures came early. ODOT officials say they are ready in the mountains and even plowed some snow … Continue reading »

Public Speaks Out On Highway 62 Plan

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The public is getting a chance to speak out about a plan that would drastically change the Highway 62 corridor. The Oregon Department of Transportation held an public forum Wednesday night to allow people to ask questions about the project, which would create an expressway from Interstate 5 in Medford to … Continue reading »

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