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 »

Merlin Exit 61 Improvements Discussed

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – For years, Josephine County officials and state highway engineers have been wrangling over a way to make the Merlin interchange at Exit 61 safer and more efficient. Now, it appears ODOT designers are ready to move ahead with a project. State highway officials laid out before Josephine County Commissioners their plans … Continue reading »

National Organization Recognizes OSP

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A national organization is recognizing Oregon State Police for a change in its traffic citation process. At the Oregon State Police Central Point Office, all of the troopers are equipped with a new technology system in their vehicles called an e-ticket program, which has caught the attention of the National Association … Continue reading »

Evans Creek Bridge Being Reinforced

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – After enduring more than fifty years of pounding, freeway traffic a key bridge on Interstate 5 at Rogue River is getting some reinforcement. While traffic roars by overhead, crews are working underneath the bridge over Evans Creek, grinding girders smooth and rounding square edges, and sealing small cracks with epoxy. Then … Continue reading »

Fatal Crash On Northbound I-5

NEAR ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — A man is dead after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate Five. State troopers say excessive speed is to blame. The crash happened around 2 p.m. near the Rogue River exit. OSP said the driver was speeding in a pick-up truck when he hit another car and skidded across the freeway. … Continue reading »

Public Comment Open For Corridor Project

MEDFORD, Ore. — A multi-million dollar project is hoping to relieve congestion and increase safety along Highway 62. The project is proposing a couple of changes from exit 30 to east Dutton Road. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been working on the design phase since 2004 and now they need your input. A 45 … Continue reading »

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