Oregon Department of Transportation

Wildlife
11:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Whale Cove Becomes Protected Wildlife Refuge

Whale Cove.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Whale Cove on the central coast is now a protected part of the Oregon Island National Wildlife Refuge. A deal between the property owners and government and non-profit organizations was reached to safeguard marine life and its ecology.

Before Whale Cove was protected, several proposals were made to develop the land. Bryce and Beebe Buchanan purchased the property hoping to conserve it. They sold it for nearly half its value so federal funding and grants could be used for the deal.

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Transportation
2:23 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

New Traffic Signal Installed Where Landslide Damaged Road

The roadway collapsed 18 to 24 inches on a stretch 12 miles north of Florence.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Earlier this month, a portion of roadway collapsed-- 12 miles north of Florence. Traffic continues to be limited to one lane with delays of up to 20 minutes. Today (Monday), The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) began installing a traffic signal to replace a pilot car and get vehicles through quicker.

Highway 101 along the Oregon Coastal Range is known as “landslide country.” The road collapse happened when water pressure built up in an existing active slide. The sunken roadway has led to weeks of traffic holdups as contractors stabilize and repave the segment.

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Weather
8:29 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Officials Re-open One Lane On Highway 101

Highway 101 North of Florence
Credit 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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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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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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Transportation
9:30 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Cold Temperatures Will Keep Snow On Roads

Credit ODOT

Yesterday's (Friday's) winter storm kept The Oregon Department of Transportation busy. Snowy and Icy conditions caused multiple fender benders and some crashes. An overturned semi-truck with multiple trailers delayed drivers for hours on Highway 126 near Mapleton. And a chain requirement was issued for multiple sections of I-5. O-D-O-T Spokesman Rick Little says freezing temperatures will keep the snow pack on the ground thru the weekend. 

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