Area road conditions improve, still dangerous

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Roads are dangerous, but if you have to go -- how should you go?

  • "What we really want to know, and what I am having a great deal of difficulty discovering, is which roads have been treated and are somewhat less dangerous to drive on and which roads are pretty much impassable and are very dangerous to drive on," Jim Crosswhite of Eugene, Ore., asks.

    Cities

    Eric Jones from the City of Eugene answers for city streets:

    "All the priority 1, 2 and 3 routes have received treatment (plowing, sanding and/or liquid deicer)," he wrote. "We continue to cycle through the priority routes, applying additional sand as needed.

    "So, a traveler using Eugene streets would be advised to stay on priority routes. There are no guarantees about the condition of non-priority streets (for example, most neighborhood streets have not received any treatment, although there may be clear spots on some of those streets)."

    Also: Be aware the city declared a snow and ice emergency, banning parking along priority routes.

    The City of Springfield also plows and de-ices roads on a priority basis.

    State highways and interstates

    For state highways and the interstate, the Oregon Department of Transportation maintains TripCheck.com with updates on closures and road conditions

    Roads are proving deceptively slick.

    “With the sun and the good work of our crews, we are down to bare pavement on portions of some highways, so drivers are starting to speed up,” said ODOT District Manager Mike Spaeth. “Then they hit a shaded area of the highway where ice is still thick and bad things happen.”

    ODOT asks motorists to be patient and maintain slow, safe speeds while temperatures remain below freezing. A quick snap shot of Lane County area highways as of 2:45 p.m.:

    • Interstate 5 from Cottage Grove north to milepoint 209: Patches of ice
    • Interstate 105 and Beltline Highway: Patches of ice, beware of shaded areas
    • Highway 99N and Highway 126W: More frequent ice patches, be exceedingly cautious of shaded areas.
    • Highway 126E and Highway 58 east of Pleasant Hill: Rapidly improving conditions, expect intermittent patches of ice.

    County roads

    Lane County's road deparment handles snow and ice removal on county roads based on a priority basis outline in the county's snow and ice plan.

    "All of our major and minor collector roads have been plowed and sanded and we are now plowing and sanding our local roads." said Arno Nelson with the county public works department. "We are presently going back through our system retreating the collector roads with sand. Our road maintenance crews are working around the clock, and we operating 12 plows and sanders 24 hours a day throughout the county."

    During a major storm event, all road maintenance efforts are focused on providing the traveling public with safe roads. The Lane County road system includes over 1,440 miles of roads and 414 bridges spread between the Cascade mountains on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west and from south of Cottage Grove to north of Junction City.  

    County crews provide sanding, snow plowing and de-icing activities on all major arterials and major and minor collectors within the rural areas of Lane County.  Many of the majors Lane County roads include the following: River Road,  30th Avenue, Delta Highway, Northwest Expressway, Cottage Grove-Lorane Road, London Road, Row River Road, Jasper-Lowell Road, Rattlesnake Road, Pengra Road, Alvadore Road, Crow Road, Clear Lake Road, High Pass Road, Poodle Creek Road, Canary Road, North Fork Siuslaw Road and Rhododendron Road to name a few. Everywhere you travel outside of the urban areas are usually on county roads. While most folks are sleeping, Lane County maintenance crews are out all night making sure your county roads will be as safe as possible for travel around the area.

    Know of a street in good -- or nightmarish -- shape? Post a comment.