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Update: Monday April 17.  Highway 38 has one lane opened to traffic.  Expect ten to fifteen minute delays.

Update: Sunday, April 16. Transportation officials hope to have one lane of Highway 38 reopened late Sunday night. Monday, ODOT says drivers should expect delays of 10-15 minutes as flaggers will provide traffic control Travelers are asked to drive with extreme caution.

A semi-truck struck a bridge Wednesday on the road between Roseburg and Reedsport.

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This week, a federal judge in Portland approved a settlement agreement to make Oregon street crossings safer for people with disabilities. The state Department of Transportation has 15 years to comply.

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A second landslide has closed Highway 36 between the South Willamette Valley and the coast. It’s expected to take several days to clear.

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A landslide closed OR 36 three miles west of Triangle Lake at mp 24.5 just after 3 p.m. today. The slide is about 10 feet west of a slide area that closed the road for a week last winter.

ODOT hydrogeologists will assess the slide Thursday morning. At this time it appears that about 400 yards of dirt, rocks, and trees cover the roadway. More could come down.

Travelers will need to take alternate routes and plan for the roadway to be close at least through Thursday.

Updates can be found online at TripCheck.

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After some recent winters with little snowpack, the cascades are enjoying lots of white stuff. Transportation officials say it’s important to be prepared when heading up to the mountains.

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A landslide has closed U.S. Highway 20 west of Toledo. The State Department of Transportation says both lanes were blocked Thursday morning on the road between Corvallis and Newport.

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Thick drifts, blowing snow, and limited visibility have made traveling difficult -- and sometimes dangerous -- across southern Oregon.  

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Oregon transportation officials want to convince people to put away cell phones while driving. A new study released last week says distracted driving is a deadly epidemic in the state.

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Crews are working to clear Sunday’s landslide on coastal highway 101 north of Florence. The road isn’t expected to reopen until Tuesday.

Winter Weather Forecast Thru Monday

Jan 3, 2016

A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for all Southwest Oregon counties from tonight through late tomorrow morning.

Highway 42 Landslide Repairs Begin

Dec 29, 2015
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It may take months to fully repair the landslide damage to Highway 42, the road between Roseburg and Coos Bay. Crews began clearing material Tuesday morning.

Torrential Rain Increases Landslide Risk

Dec 23, 2015
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Heavy rains in parts of Oregon have increased risks of flooding and landslides, especially on the coast.

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UPDATE: 4:00 pm: Highway 126 has re-opened at Cushman, about 3 miles east of Florence.

Visit tripcheck.com, or call 511 for the latest road conditions.
 

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The state Department of Transportation says parts of several highways in western Oregon were closed Tuesday because of high water from heavy rainfall.

UPDATE: All lanes have re-opened on northbound I-5 near highway 58.

Drivers should expect heavy traffic on northbound I-5 south of highway 58 near Eugene. A fatal multi-vehicle crash near milepost 188 has been cleared. However, a subsequent multi-vehicle accident two miles south of the original is causing delays. Rick Little is with the Oregon Department of Transportation:

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Oregon's bridges need to be reinforced and updated in the next 20 years; otherwise, the Department of Transportation warns the state will lose billions of dollars and jobs.

Oregon's highway system contains more than 2,700 bridges, and most of them were built in the 1950's and 60's. ODOT Spokesman Tom Fuller says in order to keep all of Oregon's bridges in good shape; they need to replace around 27 a year.

Fuller: "But we have funding to only replace three."

Road Work Continues as the School Year Begins

Sep 7, 2015
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As Oregon kids head back to school road work crews are continuing construction in or around school zones.

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A fire burning west of Roseburg jumped its lines last (Wednesday) night, and has expanded to an estimated 600 acres. Here is an update on the Cable Crossing Fire.

The fire off highway 138 near Glide started Tuesday afternoon. Kyle Reed, with the Douglas Forest Protection Association, says it’s grown beyond their capacity:

Reed: “Our district covers 1.6 million acres. So with this fire growing in complexity and size we went ahead and brought in a team from the Oregon Department of Forestry. And basically they’re coming in to relieve our guys working on that fire.”

Crash Closes Highway 101 For 7 Hours

Jan 3, 2015
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Traffic on Highway 101 near milepost 130 closed highway traffic for approximately 7 hours Friday night. Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash involving a Mazda pickup and a tractor trailer carrying frozen foods. The driver of the pickup was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Good Samaritan in Corvallis, and then to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. As a result of the crash, 100 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the nearby ravine.

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Crews have cleared most of the snow from roadways in Oregon's mountain passes, but transportation officials are cautioning drivers to take their time.

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US 101 will likely remain at a single lane of travel for as long as 2 months 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide this weekend damaged the roadway near Heceta Head.

Heavy rains caused a landslide that did extensive damage to the northbound lane of 101. One lane is open to traffic with flaggers and a pilot car. Rick Little with the Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers should expect a 20 minute delay.

He says the road will be restricted until a fix to the landslide can be designed and put in place.

Officials Re-open One Lane On Highway 101

Dec 21, 2014
Oregon Department of Transportation

One lane of Highway 101 is open for travel approximately 12 miles North of Florence in Lane County.

The lane closure is a result of damage to a retaining wall and the road due to heavy rain over the weekend. The Oregon Department of Transportation is working on the highway, there is no timetable for completed repairs or when the highway will be fully re-opened.

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After a tragic accident Thursday which killed 2 Mapleton High School students and injured 3 others, the state is looking at ways to improve safety on Highway 126. The road winds through the coast range between Eugene and Florence.

Little: "In this year alone, in 2014, we've had 10 fatalities. That's more than we've experienced in all of the past 5 years. And that's just unacceptable."

Rick Little is spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He says they're studying the highway to see how to make it safer.

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After two fatal crossover crashes on Interstate 5 in the past month, the State of Oregon is expediting a plan to add cable barriers to the unprotected medians.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board will host the construction and utilities career fair Thursday for Lane County high school students. 

More than 500 Lane County high school students will have the opportunity to work in construction, utility trade and road maintenance for a day. Joe Harwood, spokesman for EWEB says the idea is to inspire young people to pursue this kind of career.

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Oregon’s highway system has about 35 thousand culverts built in to allow safe passage for fish. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, about one third of those are in poor condition and need to be replaced. But funding those repairs has become difficult as ODOT’s budget continues to experience shortfalls. An agreement between ODOT and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife could be a solution.

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For about six weeks, bicyclists can travel the seasonal highway over McKenzie Pass without dodging cars. Transportation officials plan to open it to motor vehicles June 16th.

Each spring the Oregon Department of Transportation plows one lane of the old McKenzie Highway to allow for natural melting of snow. Peter Murphy is Public Information Officer for ODOT in Bend. He says the road is not yet free of hazards.

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Oregon is looking at ways to improve train service between Eugene / Springfield and the Portland metro area. It's part of the Oregon Passenger Rail Project.

Oregon Department of Transportation says ridership has increased steadily on trains that go back and forth from Eugene to Portland and up to Vancouver, B.C. Over the next 25 years, the population of the Willamette Valley is expected to grow by 35 percent. ODOT's Jim Cox is Project Manager: