ODOT Prepares Interstate 5 For Heavy Snow

Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation are hitting the roads before you do. They'll be working 24/7 to make sure the snow and ice does not stop drivers from getting where they need to go.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 6:48 PM

SISKIYOU SUMMIT, Ore. -- Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation are hitting the roads before you do. They'll be working 24/7 to make sure the snow and ice does not stop drivers from getting where they need to go.

Joe Backen, Transportation Maintenance Specialist for ODOT, said Mother Nature is going to do what she wants, so now is the time to be prepared.

"We have three trucks on each side of the hill so we break the hill in half, three on the north side of the hill and three on the south side," Backen said.

Those crews are mainly stationed between mileposts 1 and 11 on Interstate 5.

Backen said it's not a job workers take lightly.

"We take pride in taking care of this road and our main objective is to make sure everyone can safely travel over it, so as long as we accomplish that, it's a good day's work for us," Backen said.

However, it's not work that can be done in just one day.

"We'll be out here probably until six o'clock, and then we have a night shift that comes in and relieves us. They work all night long until we come back in. This freeway is staffed 24/7 during the winter time," Backen said.

To get the busy interstate as safe as possible, workers use de-icers, sanders and salt trucks.

They want to remind drivers to keep some things in mind when they see them working.

"Some people seem to be in a bigger hurry than others, and you're really not going to get anywhere faster by doing that. I'd say just be courteous of the people around you," Backen said. 

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