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Transportation
11:17 am
Fri November 7, 2014

After Fatal Crash State Looks At Safety Of Highway 126

Credit Oregon State Police

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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Transportation
8:41 am
Sun October 26, 2014

After 2 Fatal Crossover Crashes, Oregon Expedites I-5 Cable Barrier Project

This stretch of I-5 in Linn County was the scene of a fatal crossover crash Oct. 24, prompting the state to fast-track a project to erect cable barriers in the median.
Credit ODOT

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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Jobs
12:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Lane County High Schoolers Can Experience A Day In The Life Of A Utility Worker

EWEB is hosting a career fair Thursday for high school students to learn about construction, road maintenance and utilities jobs.
Credit EWEB

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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Infrastructure
3:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Decaying Fish Culverts Could Be Fixed With Agreement Between Departments

Credit washingtondnr.wordpress.com

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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McKenzie Highway
10:12 am
Wed May 7, 2014

McKenzie Highway Open to Bicycles

ODOT crews plow McKenzie Highway.
Credit ODOT

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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Transportation
12:16 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Oregon Looks to Improve Rail Service

Rail crossing in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

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:

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