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  • Eastern Oregon fires keep ODOT crews busy

    Clean up activities to remove hazard trees along state highways continue to keep ODOT crews busy. Hundreds of fire-damaged trees have been removed and more work is ongoing along sections of OR 245 and U.S. 395 in eastern Oregon.

    Watch this short video featuring fire clean-up operations along US 395, south of John Day.

    For updated fire information, check the InciWeb.
    Check TripCheck.com for current road conditions
  • 2015 Eastern Oregon Summer Construction

    If you'll be traveling around eastern Oregon, check out the current  Eastern Oregon Summer Construction Report that lists anticipated traffic impacts for dozens of highway related construction projects. 

    Contractors and ODOT crews working on these projects are helping create a safer, more efficient transportation system.

    Please ... GIVE 'EM A BRAKE !


    For statewide road conditions, Web cameras and updated traffic info, visit www.TripCheck.com. 

    Also, check out the Statewide ODOT Summer Construction Map that is published in May of each year.

Important Public Information Current Topics

Freewater Highway (OR 339) temp. closure

A short section of OR 339, north of Milton-Freewater will be closed for bridge replacement work Oct. 19-24. OR 339 at culvert.png

See details, including information on detour route.

SLOW DOWN for Summer Construction

Highway construction season has begun, 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)


Summer Construction Report 

Here   is a listing of over 30 Eastern Oregon summer highway construction projects and their anticipated travel impacts.


For construction project impacts throughout all of Oregon, check out the ODOT Summer Construction Map (statewide listing) .


And, of course....

Always check TripCheck.com for current road and weather conditions, highway cameras, transit data and more.  


Project Information Papers

Additional details are available  for the following key ODOT Eastern Oregon projects. NOTE: Project information was current for date listed on flyer. 

(See construction update report above for current traffic impacts info.)

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. 730 / Powerline Road intersection

In 2015 ODOT will be reconfiguring the intersection where Powerline Road connects to U.S. 730 at the west end of the Umatilla River Bridge in Umatilla.
The intersection is a hazardous bottleneck, causing traffic to back up onto the bridge when travelers attempt to turn onto Powerline Road.

Click HERE to review the Project Information Paper, including ODOT contact info.



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.





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. 


ODOT Region 5 Engineers Visit Eastern OR school

Several dozen ODOT employees throughout the state became teachers, if only for an hour or so, as part of National Engineers Month. Apparently, they missed their callings – according to several real teachers and hundreds of appreciative students!