Sunday, April 21, 2024

ODOT announces cutbacks to winter road clearing

The Oregon Department of Transportations (ODOT) has issued an advisory for this upcoming winter driving season.

“This year, with costs increasing, and fuels tax revenues trending down, we are forced to scale back maintenance and services around the state.

We won’t be able to clear roads during winter storms as quickly as in the past. There may be more snow and ice buildup, more chain requirements and longer delays and more frequent road closures.”

2022 snowfall in Lincoln City (Photo by Doug Wheldon)

They continue, “This change in average road conditions means we could all use a little sharpening of our winter driving skills.

If you have to head out in the snow or ice, here are some things to keep in mind:

Make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition, with clean headlights, good brakes, working windshield wipers and good tires.
Slow down when approaching off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. Snow and ice may linger there longer.

Check your route before leaving –not just your destination but conditions along the way.

Never pass a snowplow or any winter maintenance truck on the right. It’s illegal and you may run into the wing plow that sticks way out on the right.

Allow extra stopping distance. There’s less traction on slick, snowy roads.

In bad visibility—heavy fog or snow flurries – being able to see is as important as being seen. Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility to others.

Practice before you need them. (photo by AAA)

Carry chains and know how to use them.

Slow down and allow extra time to get where you’re going.

It doesn’t work for everyone but stay off the roads if possible. That leaves more room for those who must travel to travel safely and for our trucks to clear the road. Take a snow day.”

For more information, contact Mindy McCartt, [email protected], 503-507-6045

Don Williams
Don Williams
Don Williams serves as publisher and editor of The Lincoln City Homepage.


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