Oregon Department of Transportation

This week is spring break for all the major universities and school districts in Oregon. With that in mind, officials are urging drivers to be extra cautious.

In addition to in-state vacationers, roads may be swelled by travelers from California, which also has many schools on break. Shelley Snow is with the Oregon Department of Transportation. She says the Fourth of July is the most deadly time on the roads, but drivers shouldn’t be complacent this time of year: 

Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's fatal traffic crash in Westfir near Oakridge.

Police say a Honda Accord, driven by 66-year-old Jerry Lossing, of Oakridge, was traveling eastbound on West Oak Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the oncoming lane of travel.

His car collided head-on with a Toyota Rav-4, driven by 68-year-old Kathleen Camerer, also of Oakridge.

Lossing was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene. Preliminary information indicates Lossing was not using his seat belt.

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.

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.

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 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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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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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.