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 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!