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  • I-84 Bicycle Detour between Pendleton and La Grande

    Due to narrow, single lane travel in both eastbound and westbound lanes bicycle 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. Bike Detour Map WEB Image.jpg

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    Check out the Bicycle Detour Brochure with contact information, a detour map and other important data.
  • Susan's Bridge plaque presented to family
    History resurfaces in Burns for Harney County family whose pioneer ancestor, Susan Dixon Whiting, was namesake for structure built 75 years ago.
     
     
    For other Oregon Transportation historical facts and tidbits, check out the ODOT - A Century of Service 1913-2013 website.
  • Winter Roadway Guide
    Along with snowplows, graders and deicer trucks, another tool ODOT uses in wintertime to help keep travelers safe in eastern Oregon is the Region 5 Winter Roadway Guide. The annual newspaper supplemental is posted at truck stops, DMV and ODOT offices throughout the region as well as delivered directly to thousands of residents in the area.
     
    Chock-a-block full of driving tips, links to winter safety videos, highway project updates and more, the Roadway Guide is a familiar and welcome site for travelers making their way along   I-84, U.S. 395, U.S. 20, U.S. 26 and multiple other state routes on Oregon’s east side.
     
    Click HERE to download the 16 page pdf document.
Important Public Information Current Topics

STIP Public Meeting information

Download all the Draft 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) March 3 Public Meeting documents here. There's also a comment form to submit your input regarding transportation projects planned for the  eastern Oregon area over the 2015-2018 construction years.

  - Region 5 Draft 2015-2018 STIP Map

  - Region 5 Draft 2015-2018 STIP Project List

  - Meeting Agenda

  - PowerPoint presentation (STIP Overview)

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

  - STIP Timeline

  - Comments form (we want to hear from you!)

      * 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. 
 

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.

 

 

Winter is HERE

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. 
 

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

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.


 

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!