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  • New Speed Limits on select Central and Eastern Oregon highways

    Motorists traveling on some state highways in central and eastern Oregonstack o speed signs .jpg are seeing new speed imits due to Oregon House Bill 3402. The bill enacted by the 2015 legislation raised the speed limit on Interstate 84 and some other routes east of the Cascades.  The new law took effect March 1, 2016. 

    Check out ODOT's Speed Limit Increase website for details at www.tinyurl.com/OR-speed2016 . 

Important Public Information Current Topics

Summer Construction Report 

Looking for current highway project information in eastern Oregon? 
And, of course.... 
Always check TripCheck.com for current road and weather conditions, highway cameras, transit data and more.  

US 395 (Hermiston) improvement project 

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s contractor Roy L. Houck Construction Company based out of Salem, Oregon, will be constructing upgrades along U.S. 395 in Hermiston. Work will begin February 8 and is scheduled to be completed by July 4.

The $3.7 million project will rebuild dozens of ADA sidewalk ramps, update traffic signal controls, install new traffic signals at the Jennie Avenue intersection, install median curbs to control turning movements at the Elm Street (OR 207) intersection, and repave the six-mile-long section of highway between S.E. Fourth Street (mile post 6) and U.S. 730 (mile post zero).

Check out the Umatilla County projects page on the Eastern Oregon (Region 5) Area Project link (at left) for more info, including weekly updates, a project information paper
 and more.    

Traffic impacts for the week of May 9 are as follows:
Day Shift 7 a.m. –  5 p.m.
Possible minor delays.
Night Shift  6 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Monday – Wednesday – Complete the paving/grinding from Theater Lane to U.S. 730 (Bensal Road to Theater Lane – in southbound right/slow lane) (Theater Lane – U.S. 730 right/slow lane)
Traffic will be reduced to 1 lane each direction.  Signalized intersections will be controlled by flaggers.  Expect minor impacts for traveling public. 
Thursday – Begin grinding/paving in the median between Theater Lane – Jennie Avenue.
Traffic will be reduced to 1 lane each direction.  Signalized intersections will be controlled by flaggers.  Expect minor impacts for traveling public. 
Access to businesses: Blue cones and signs will be placed in work zones to indicate access points for businesses.

SLOW DOWN for Summer Construction


Highway construction season is gearing up, so keep an eye out for orange cones and work crews.

ODOT reminds travelers to slow down and pay extra attention in all work zones. 


Don't forget that traffic fines are double the amount in construction zones, even when no workers are present. (click on Sam the Safety Cone above for short video reminder)

Draft 2015-2018 STIP Information

Interested in learning about transportation projects proposed for eastern Oregon in the 2015-2018 construction seasons? Check out the project listing and background information  for the Draft 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). 

  - Region 5 Draft 2015-2018 STIP Map

  - Region 5 Draft 2015-2018 STIP Project List

  - PowerPoint presentation (STIP Overview)

  - Fix-It & Enhance Program Fact Sheet  (new for 2015-2018 STIP)                  

  - STIP Timeline

      * Link to statewide Draft 2015-2018 STIP Web pages

      * Link to "STIP Users Guide" and "STIP - A Citizen's Primer" documents

Who ya gonna call with questions? ODOT Region 5 Public Information Officer Tom Strandberg at 531-963-1330,  thomas.m.strandberg@odot.state.or.us ) 

U.S. 395 Curve Signs   and Sensors part of Pilot Freight Project

New signs and road sensors installed south of Ukiah will help provide select freight haulers more options along a length restricted stretch of U.S. Hwy. 395, between Pilot Rock and Mt. Vernon. Click the link below to find out what those new signs mean and how ODOT is helping local economies.

 The A, B, C's of U.S. 395 Mile Markers 

Every wonder what those letters  are for on mile markers along U.S. Hwy. 395 in eastern Oregon? 

TripCheck.com - Oregon's Premier Road Conditions Web Site

Visit TripCheck.com for road and weather conditions, highway cameras, truck chain configurations and state chain law, plus additional travel information to help you plan a safe trip along Oregon's vast highway system.


  Bicycle Riders - check out construction and safety info

bikeRider.png2016 Eastern Oregon Highway Summer Construction

Bicycle riders can expect some delays, detours and a number of chips seals this summer as ODOT’s summer construction season kicks into gear. 
In addition to road construction impacts, higher speed limits along numerous routes in eastern and central Oregon took effect March 1. 
To help plan short bike trips down the road and extended two-wheel adventures, please check out the ODOT Region 5 Summer Construction Report, the Region 5 Summer Construction Map and the Speed Limit Increase Map.

For a ton of bicycle travel related information and links to other cool bike related sites, check out Ride Oregon Ridehttp.


Small Businesses invited to Government Contracting event

 Connect2OregonWEB_Graphic.pdf.pngSmall businesses and other groups interested in learning about contracting opportunities with government agencies have three chances in May to learn how they might get a piece of the action.
The Connect 2 Oregon events are sponsored by several state agencies hoping to increase awareness and completion for local, state and federal bids on various projects, products and services.   The events are FREE and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Locations, dates and links to registration sites are as follows.  Register today.
Ontario: Tuesday, May 17  https://c2oontario.eventbrite.com
Pendleton: Wednesday, May 18   https://c2opendleton.eventbrite.com
The Dalles: Thursday, May 19   https://c2othedalles.eventbrite.com
Event attendees will get an opportunity to …
  • Learn what government agencies are buying in your area.
  • Learn tips to respond to bids and requests for proposals.
  • Learn the many benefits of being certified through state and federal programs and why it is important.
  • Understand how to do business with DOC Correctional Facilities and what they buy.
  • Meet Oregon’s Small Business Assistance Office staff and learn how they can help with challenges when interacting with Oregon governments.
    For more information contact Kelly Stevens-Malnar, Small Business Programs & Outreach, phone: 503-378-3976, email: Kelly.A.Stevens-Malnar@state.or.us . Visit the Oregon Procurement website at http://procurement.oregon.gov .

Mayor talks about Athena Main Street improvements


In 2013 the small eastern Oregon town of Athena received over $2 million in street upgrades. Watch Athena Mayor John Shafer talk about the work that has improved safety and livability for this small gem of a community.





The project was partially funded through the Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA) .

Nyssa and John Day receive sidewalk/street upgrades




Check out some of the changes that are making these two eastern Oregon towns safer and more livable communities.




Better yet, stop by when you're in the area to support the local businesses and enjoy the new sidewalks and street enhancements. 














Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway designation


ODOT crews have been busy this summer and fall installing signs along Interstate 84 that designate the route as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.


The signs were paid for with private funds and the  installations coordinated with local veterans groups.







  Voluntary Commercial Truck Inspections help keep highways safe

"It keeps better equipment and safer trucks on the road," said Dan Webster of Dan Webster Trucking regarding ODOT Motor Carrier's voluntary truck inspections held May 27-30 in Union and Wallowa counties. 




Several local trucking companies who brought their vehicles in said they appreciated the extra set of eyes during the inspections. 










Watch the short video to learn how ODOT and local commercial trucking companies are working together to improve highway safety. 


New Rapid Flash Beacons installed at Milton-Freewater crosswalk

Watch for new Pedestrian Flashing Beacons being installed at the OR Hwy. 11 and N.E. First Street Intersection in Milton-Freewater. Similar flashing beacons installed in Irrigon, Baker City and other eastern Oregon communities are improving safety for pedestrians crossing busy state routes.

To view a one-and-a-half minute animated video showing how the Rapid Flash Beacons work, CLICK HERE.

Eastern Oregon communities celebrate downtown improvements


 In October and November, the towns of Athena and Baker City gathered to acknowledge the completion of major street enhancements and safety improvement work that will serve local residents and visitors far into the future.    




Read about Athena's bag-piping good time HERE








ODOT Region 5 Hazard Trees for Fish Habitat Program.

Historically, removing hazard trees along Oregon’s highways has been costly and time consuming.

Under ODOT’s ‘Hazard Trees for Fish Habitat’ program, hazard trees are used for fish habitat restoration projects by tribes and agencies. Since 2008 over 2,000 trees have been donated for these projects.
Click HERE to see a short, two-minute YouTube video highlighting the program in eastern Oregon.

City of Echo celebrates downtown improvements


If you haven't visited Echo recently, you should check it out.




Recent downtown enhancements, funded in part through ODOT, provide visual interest that enrich the lives of local residents and are bringing new businesses to Main Street.




Read more by Clicking HERE.








Get a visual taste of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway


If your vacation plans include a trip to Eastern Oregon's Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, or if you just want a quick peek at this legendary, 208-mile-long All American Road check out ODOT's eight minute video tour. 



Click HERE to go to the YouTube video.



Click HERE to check out ODOT's Scenic Byway website with links to other byway videos and information.