ODOT traffic alert. Road conditions remain challenging statewide

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ODOT is alerting travelers during the extended holiday weekend that road conditions remain challenging statewide as freezing temperatures span across much of the northern part of Oregon.

North Umpqua Highway (OR-138) has reopened between Diamond Lake Junction (OR-230) and U.S. 97.

Drivers should be prepared for delays and chain restrictions.

North Umpqua Highway (OR-138) reopened in Glide after an earlier closure for flooding at Honey Creek Rd.

Expect lane closures as crews continue to clean up mud and debris and watch for high water in the area. More Info Here

OR-230 remains closed between Diamond Lake Junction and Union Creek due to downed trees and heavy snow.

Travelers between Bend and Medford should use an alternate route and check TripCheck.com for updates.

Closures on U.S. 20 east of Sweet Home and part of OR-126 west of Eugene and east of Florence as crews work on cleaning up downed trees in the area.

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Here is the full announcement from ODOT.

In the Portland Metro area, ice and strong winds are toppling trees and bringing down powerlines. Widespread power outages mean that many electronic road signs and traffic lights may be out. Treat traffic signals that aren’t working like a four-way stop. Never drive over downed power lines. 

The Willamette Valley and central Coast areas are experiencing icy roads and freezing temperatures. Expect long highway closures as crews work to remove hundreds of downed trees, and repair powerlines and network cables. 

Temperatures across these areas are not forecast to be above freezing for the next few days. There is a strong possibility we could see more freezing rain on Tuesday.

Warming temperatures in southwest Oregon could lead to flooding. Watch for high water and debris on the roadway, especially on valley and coastal routes. Delays and closures are likely on mountain highways as crews work to remove snow and downed trees.

The safest place to be during winter road conditions is at home. Our crews want to give a heartfelt thank you to every person who decided not to travel this weekend. Staying off the roads gives our crews and emergency responders the space to get where they need to go.   

Road and weather conditions can change quickly and make travel difficult or impossible. For the latest state highway information and to see current closures, visit Tripcheck.com. For the latest weather, visit the National Weather Service website.

If you must travel this weekend, be prepared

Safety is our priority – for travelers and our road crews. If you decide to travel, plan extra time for your journey and carry emergency supplies. Delays and closures are happening statewide. Expect to encounter chain restrictions.

Give snowplows and emergency crews extra space to do their work, and never pass a snowplow on the right. Our crews are working hard to clear roads, but their job becomes more difficult when disabled cars and trucks block traffic.

For more winter weather driving tips, see our winter travel news packet.

To see images from this winter event from across Oregon, see our January 2024 Flickr album

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