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  • 2014 Eastern Oregon Summer Construction

    If you'll be traveling around eastern Oregon, check out the 2014 Eastern Oregon Summer Construction Map that lists anticipated traffic impacts. 

    Check here for Current Eastern Oregon Construction Report.



    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

  • I-84 Bicycle Detour between Pendleton and La Grande

    Due to narrow, single lane travel in both eastbound and westbound lanes Bike Detour Map WEB Image.jpgbicycle riders will not be allowed on the freeway between mile post 252 near Hilgard State Park and Exit 261. Bicycle riders can choose to take an alternate route, or ride the free transit shuttle between the Arrowhead Truck Stop near Exit 216 (6 miles east of Pendleton) and the La Grande Transit Center near Exit 261 in La Grande. 
     

    Check out the Bicycle Detour Brochure with contact information, a detour map and other important data.

     

    You'll know why the bicycle detour is in place after watching this short video

Important Public Information Current Topics

 I-84 Bicycle Detour Video

 

Find out why ODOT has two bicycle detour options around their BIG construction project west of La Grande - JUST WATCH THE VIDEO 
 

Highway Construction Info

 

To Know Before you Go - - - click on the links below
 
 
 
 
Remember, traffic fines are double in highway work zones
Click on Sam the Safety Cone for important message
 
 

Walla-Walla Valley Transit District Survey 

The Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (WWVMPO) and Sub-Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SRTPO) that includes College Place,  Milton-Freewater and other communities in the Walla Walla Valley area is looking for your input on developing and expanding transit services.
 
Please take a few minutes to complete a survey so that we may better understand your transit needs.
 
You can take the survey on-line at  http://svy.mk/1qWMk3y, or download the pdf version and mail your completed copy of the survey to: Walla Walla Valley MPO, 210 N. 2nd Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
 
Get more information about the WWVMPO at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/planning/wallawallavalleympo
 

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 )

Whiskey Creek Culvert Project will temporarily close section of Whiskey Creek Road in Wallowa County this summer

 
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will hosted a Public Open House Meeting February 27 to provide information and hear comments regarding the Whiskey Creek Culvert Replacement Project.

The purpose of the open house was to present information about the project and advise motorists of a planned 14 day closure this summer of Whiskey Creek Road at the work site, approximately 5.5 miles east of Wallowa. 
 
NOTE: 14-day road closure rescheduled to start late August or September timeframe. Contact Tom Strandberg (541-963-1330) for update info.
 

Project near Umatilla will reconfigure U.S. 730 / Powerline Road intersection

 ODOT is working on design options to reconfigure this intersection where Powerline Road connects to U.S. 730 at the west end of the Umatilla River Bridge in Umatilla. To present project options and hear comments from local residents, a Public Open House Meeting was held Feb. 5.
 
 
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? 
 

Be prepared for Winter

Winter driving in Eastern Oregon can be challenging.
 
Be prepared for winter travel by checking out ODOT's many safety tips, brochures and videos.
 
Click HERE for more information.
 
 
And don't forget to visit ODOT's award-winning website for daily traffic impact information www.TripCheck.com.
 
 
 

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

TripCheck.com
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.


Attend Ladd Creek Culvert Public Mtg. Aug. 21 in La Grande

In 2015 ODOT will replace an old culvert under Interstate 84 (five miles east of La Grande) that has restricted Chinook salmon, steelhead and other migratory fish from accessing over a dozen miles of Ladd Creek for spawning. Find out more about the project and construction impacts to Ladd Creek Road at the Aug. 21 Public Meeting.   

 Thunderegg Blvd. in Nyssa gets make-over

Community members in Nyssa, located 13 miles south of Ontario along U.S. Highway 20/26 in Malheur County are enjoying their new sidewalks and resufaced streets, thanks to a major ODOT project constructed this summer. 

Check the attached docs to find out what took place.

 

- Project info Flyer:   English    Spanish

 

 

Better yet, stop by and find out why this eastern Oregon community calls itself

"The Thunderegg Capital of the World"

 

 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!