Road Crews Prepare For Snow

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Wednesday, crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation were treating and plowing the Siskiyou Pass on Interstate 5, as they have all winter. If a storm is severe and more crews are needed, the Central Point O-DOT crew is called in as back-up near the Siskiyous or north of Grants Pass. … Continue reading »

Weather Turning Trucks Around

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Truck drivers ran into several stops today on I-5. Traffic is stopped now on I-5 because trucks are once again prohibited from moving south past Exit 11. Caltrans asked the Oregon Department of Transportation this morning to hold trucks due to blizzard conditions between Yreka and Redding. So, on Friday morning around … Continue reading »

First Bike Signal in Southern Oregon

ASHLAND, Ore. — A system used to avoid car and bicyclist collisions in Portland and Eugene is now working in Southern Oregon. ODOT installed the first bicycle signal at Exit 14 in Ashland. The signal blinked to life on Wednesday, working just like a regular traffic signal, only the red, yellow, and green lights are … Continue reading »

ODOT Warns of Fatal Wildlife Crashes

MEDFORD, Ore. — October and November is the time of year that deer and elk start looking for mates, and often become roadkill victims, but it’s not just the deer and elk and other animals who die. State Police say November is the highest month of the year for wildlife-involved traffic crashes. October is almost … Continue reading »

Changes To Exit 33

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Changes could be coming to an often congested exit along I-5. The Oregon Department of Transportation is accepting ideas to improving congestion and safety at Exit 33 the Central Point exit. It wouldn’t happen soon though, ODOT is calling it a long term plan looking toward the next 20 years; they’re … Continue reading »

Open Range Policy Could Change

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ore. — There could soon be a change to the wide open range of eastern Oregon. Earlier this month, five semi’s on Highway 97 plowed into a herd of cattle, killing 44 of them. Jefferson County Commissioners are considering a reduction in the amount of open range in the county. O-DOT reports says … Continue reading »

Metro Planning Organization Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Commissioners are facing a deadline next March to form a new planning organization, if the county wants to continue receiving federal highway dollars; that was the message Tuesday morning from ODOT Planning and Program Manager Michael Baker. Baker says newly released census data shows that the area between Grants Pass … Continue reading »

Highway 62 Project Open To Comment

MEDFORD, Ore. — A public comment period is underway for those who want their opinions heard with the new Highway 62 corridor proposal. There are several routes proposed and the Oregon Department of Transportation told NewsWatch12 the changes will increase safety while decreasing congestion. The public can mail or e-mail their comments to O-DOT or … 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 »

O-DOT Federal Funding For Road Projects

The Department of Transportation is getting help funding upcoming road projects. The federal government is giving Oregon more than $28 million. The money will go to help complete road work and bus-related projects. Four covered bridges in Lane County and one in Jackson County will get money to replace roofs and structural components. $2 million … Continue reading »