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ODOT Staff Working Around the Clock to Prepare for Snow

ODOT spent Thursday getting ready for what it just went through. After a snowstorm backed up I-5, there could be more of the same over the next couple of days.

Posted: Feb 14, 2019 10:55 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 10:30 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. --  The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) spent Thursday getting ready for what it just went through. After a snowstorm backed up I-5, there could be more of the same over the next couple of days.

ODOT Maintenance Coordinator Bob Harshman says they are working around the clock, to make sure you don't have to stop and chain-up on your way up. However, the potential is still there.

"We are not expecting it, we never expect it to have chain requirements. We do everything we can to keep that from happening." Harshman said.

ODOT is working closely with Caltrans. They are doing their best to keep each other on track.

On Thursday, ODOT helped Caltrans, by keeping semi-trucks from driving over the summit. This helped Caltrans plow more efficiently.

The ODOT staff is working in 12-hour shifts. They take turns working 12 hours, then taking 12 hours off. However, storms can make it difficult to keep just 12 hours.

"So, we are on 12 off 12 at times if the storm is bad. Or sometimes we will get stuck in traffic or whatever. Sometimes we work 13 Hours by the time we get down the hill and get done." Harshman said.

Having no snow on Thursday resulted in a day of rest for some of those workers.

It also meant a day of preparation.

They got de-icer, sand, and other road maintaining products stalked up.

Now they are prepared for what could be a tough-couple-days ahead.

They are also asking for you to help them, help you.

"We are prepared but we would like you to be prepared to. Make sure you got your tire chains. Make sure they fit, you know how to put them on. Make sure you have food and water, medications if you need them. Food and blankets in your car. We're doing our best to be prepared, but we would like you to be prepared to, if you're going travel over the pass in inclement weather." Harshman said.

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