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Maintenance and Operations Programs

Program Information

Click on the title bars below to learn more about each program.

 

Overview

The winter recreation parking location program, or the "Sno-Park" program, was created in 1977 to provide snow removal in designated winter parking areas. Oregon Department of Transportation with advice from the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee designates winter parking areas and sets the parking permit fee and priorities for snow removal.

The Winter Recreation Advisory Committee is a seven member committee consisting of ski area operators, the general public and representatives from the Oregon Nordic Club, Oregon State Snowmobile Association and Pacific NW Ski Association.  Committee members are appointed to serve 4-year terms.  The current committee members are:

Mark Schumacher, Chair
Chris Kastner, Vice-Chair
Betsy Belshaw
David Fornker
Tom Scully
Peter Johnson
Ken Roadman

Sno-Park Permits
 
The Sno-Park program is funded entirely by the sale of Sno-Park parking permits. There are three types of permits available:
 
   A seasonal permit for $25
   A three-day permit for $9 (good for 3 consecutive days)
   A one-day permit for $4
 
Driver and Motor Vehicles coordinates the sale of Sno-Park permits
 
Sno-Park permits are available at all DMV offices and from those that act as DMV agents.  Sales agents may charge a handling fee. To order a seasonal Sno-Park permit by mail, send a written request with your return address, phone number and a check or money order to:-Park permits are available at all DMV offices and with those that act as DMV agents, who may charge a handling fee. To order a seasonal Sno-Park permit by mail, send a written request with your return address, phone number and a check or money order to:
 
   DMV, Vehicle Mail No. 1
   1905 Lana Avenue
   Salem OR, 97314Salem OR, 97314
 
For Information on selling Sno-Park Permits contact
 
   DMV, Vehicle Mail
   Phone: 503-945-7949
 
Oregon accepts winter parking permits from California and Idaho for vehicles registered in those states, and those states accept Oregon Sno-Park permits as well. Oregon's Sno-Park permits are no longer honored in Washington Sno-Parks.  As a result, Oregon is no longer be able to honor Washington's Sno-Park permit.  Vehicles registered in Washington will need to have a valid Oregon Sno-Park permit displayed on the vehicle when parked in an Oregon Sno-Park.

For information on California and Idaho Sno-Park sites:  

If you park in an Oregon Sno-Park between November 1st and April 30th, a valid permit needs to be displayed in the lower left corner of your windshield. Failure to do so may result in a $30 fine.  Enforcement of the permit requirement may be provided by federal, state or local law enforcement agencies.  If you receive a citation and have questions, contact the agency that issued the citation or the County court where the Sno-Park is located. 
 
Sno-Park Locations

There are about 100 Sno-Parks throughout Oregon’s mountain passes and in most ski, snowmobile, and snow play areas. For a list of parking areas designated as a Sno-Park visit TripCheck.com.

For questions on activities available or for trail maps contact the land manager listed for the Sno-Park. 
 
Adding a Sno-Park

Requests for a winter parking area to be in the Sno-Park program are reviewed by the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee before consideration by ODOT. This includes requests for a new parking area or the relocation or expansion of an existing Sno-Park.

Requests must be submitted by the land manager responsible for the parking area using the Sno-Park Application Form. The information given in the application must meet the Guidelines and Criteria for Sno-Parks.  A site drawing showing the general layout of the parking area and vicinity map will assist in the review of the request and should be included with the application.

When a winter parking area is designated a Sno-Park, the Sno-Park program provides funding for snow removal. All other maintenance and development costs are generally the responsibility of the land manager. Occasionally funding for maintenance or development costs of Sno-Parks may become available, at which case land managers will be notified.  
  
Contact Information

Oregon's Sno-Park Program
(503) 986-3006
 

​The Snowmobile program provides for the identification and maintenance of snowmobile trails and for the enforcement of snowmobile operator and equipment requirements.

ODOT contracts with the Oregon State Snowmobile Association to administer this program.  The OSSA coordinates with land managers to identify snowmobile ride areas and with volunteer organizations and contractors for grooming of snowmobile trails.

The program is funded through fuel tax and registration fees associated with Snowmobile use.

The Youth Litter Program involves youth in the clean up and prevention of litter along state highways.  Crews usually have a crew leader and two or more crew members and are based in various locations in the state.  Crews work primarily during the summer months.​

Crew leaders must be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check, and have a valid Oregon Driver License with an acceptable driving record. Crew members must be at least 16 years old and pass a criminal background check. All Litter Patrol workers must have or be able to:

  • A basic knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • Pick up and bag litter along highways;
  • Lift and carry filled bags;
  • Work in all types of conditions;
  • Work in a safe manner along highways with varying levels of traffic.

 

Litter Patrol workers are paid on an hourly basis. To be considered for a Litter Patrol job, please register online. Applications are generally accepted from mid-March until early July but this is subject to change based on the need and funding availability.

​Rest areas that are part of the state highway system are provided by ODOT to offer a place for travelers to take a short break from driving.

Many ODOT rest areas are managed by the Travel Information Council/Oregon Travel Experience. ODOT has arrangements with Oregon Parks and Recreation and other agencies for additional rest opportunities.
 
A list of these areas along with the ODOT rest areas and the features that are available at each is included on TripCheck, ODOT´s travel information web site. Visit TripCheck or go directly to the rest area page. 
 

 

a highway maintenance crew smoothing a newly paved road 

Contact Us

Maintenance and Operations Branch
455 Airport Road SE
Building K
Salem, Oregon 97301
503-986-7915
 
Maintenance Services Coordinator
503-986-3006    

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