A little ditty from ODOT…


Mother Nature dishes it out—and ODOT responds

Over the past few weeks Mother Nature has done its best to wallop Oregon’s highways, dumping 9 inches of rain on some parts of the state and sending hurricane-force winds hurling at the coast.  But the dedicated men and women of ODOT—particularly maintenance crews around the state—have responded quickly to open up highways and protect the safety of the traveling public.  On January 18th alone ODOT maintenance workers responded to nearly 250 events.

ODOT has battled snow in the Cascades and east of the mountains and high water on highways throughout the Willamette Valley, and maintenance crews cleaned up landslidesrockfalls andcollapsing highways on routes leading to the coast and US 101. Hundreds of trees fell on highways, and avalanches closed US 20, trapping a tanker truck.  Numerous sections of highway—including I-84 through the Columbia GorgeUS 101 near Newport, and OR 38 near Reedsport—had one or more lanes closed. For more information, visit ODOT’s website.

By the Numbers

Over the last few weeks, ODOT workers have:


  • Put in 18,056 hours of overtime—the equivalent of 9 people working for a year

  • Used 556,916 gallons of deicer, enough to deice all 8300 lane miles of I-5 from Canada to Mexico—twice

  • Used 33,639 cubic yards of sanding material—enough to fill a football field almost 19 feet deep
Get the Latest InformationODOT has used a variety of means to get the latest information on road conditions out to the media and the public, sending out hundreds of traffic alerts and press releases while continuously updating Tripcheck.com and posting information on Twitter.A variety of sources are available to keep up on the latest:

  • Tripcheck.com provides the latest traffic information 24 hours a day, including road closures.
  • ODOT’s Twitter feed— @OregonDOT—provides the latest traffic information.
  • ODOT’s Flickr photostream shows some of the hardest-hit sections of highways and the work done by ODOT and private contractors to reopen the roads.
  • ODOT’s YouTube channel has a number of videos showing conditions on the highways and the efforts to reopen routes.
  • Ask ODOT staff are available at 1-888-ASK-ODOT during normal business hours (8 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday).