ODOT Shares Bridge Inspection Protocol

EUGENE, Ore. — The Skagit Bridge collapse has had local residents concerned about their bridges. The Oregon Department of Transportation said it couldn’t comment about what happened to the Skagit Bridge in Washington, but representatives hoped they could ease the public’s concerns by filling them in on how bridges in our area are taken care … Continue reading »

ODOT Prepares for Beltline Ramp Closures

EUGENE, Ore. — Beltline users should beware of some upcoming closures. Starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, the on-ramp from southbound Delta Highway and Green Acres Road to Beltline westbound will be closed until 6 a.m. On the Friday, the on-ramp from River Road to Beltline eastbound will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m. Crews … Continue reading »

New Speed Limits for Construction

EUGENE, Ore. — Starting Wednesday, April 17, new speed limits will go into effect on the Beltline and I-5, as ODOT crews start work on a huge project. Drivers will only be able to go 35 miles per hour on the Beltline bridge over the freeway. As for I-5, that speed limit is dropping to … Continue reading »

Lanes to Close for Beltline Construction

EUGENE, Ore. — Starting Thursday night, you can expect some new lane closures on the Beltline. In order to replace the existing bridge, ODOT will be building a temporary structure over I-5 right next to the existing bridge. To do this, they’ll be closing the right turn lane on westbound Beltline to I-5 South. This … Continue reading »

ODOT Proposes EV Charging Stations

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation wants public comment on proposed electric vehicle charging station locations around the state. There are proposed sites in 11 cities around Oregon including two sites in Coos Bay, two in Elkton and two in Reedsport. These sites have the most potential to host the EV charging stations … Continue reading »

ODOT to Repair I-105 Ramp

EUGENE, Ore. — ODOT is taking advantage of that mild forecast to get some repairs done on an I-105 on-ramp in Eugene. The overpass that takes drivers from 105 east-bound to I-5 south will be closed for the next four nights. ODOT will close the ramp from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday night through … Continue reading »

Cottage Grove DMV Adjusts Hours

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — ODOT announced Monday that it is adjusting operation hours at two of its DMV offices. The DMV offices in Cottage Grove and Ashland will now be open Monday, but closed during lunches. The change begins Mar. 4 and will balance customer needs with available staff. Office hours will now be Monday … Continue reading »

ODOT Prepares for Coming Storms

EUGENE, Ore. — We might see some flakes here in the Willamette Valley. The passes will be a completely different story. ODOT crews are already working to make sure the roads are as safe as can be for weekend travelers. ODOT plows filled up on sand Thursday to get ready for a big change in … Continue reading »

Drivers Battle the Snow Over the Passes

WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — The Cascades passes were blanketed in white Monday and Tuesday. Willamette Pass got about 18 inches and Santiam Pass around 28 inches. Just last week, the area near Willamette Pass was experiencing relatively warm and dry weather, but that all changed come Sunday night when the temperatures dropped below freezing and … Continue reading »

ODOT Considers Closing Lane on Hwy. 20

Near EDDYVILLE, Ore. — ODOT is mulling a decision to close down one lane of Highway 20, about six miles west of Eddyville. The Yaquina River eroded part of the highway’s foundation, which collapsed into the water. That section needs to be rebuilt and repaved. ODOT needs to put out a bid and select a … Continue reading »

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