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 landslides, rockfalls 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 Gorge, US 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:
|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: