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Jan. 14, 2020
For more information: Lou Torres,
503-986-2880, Angela Beers Seydel 541-726-2442
EUGENE - Drivers should watch out for slick, icy roads and remember to drive for conditions with freezing temperatures and a mix of rain and snow forecast this week in the Willamette Valley.
Ice keeps tires from gripping the road, making steering and stopping harder. Bridges and overpasses may ice over even when roads don’t.
Remember, driving on icy roads is never a safe choice – even having a four-wheel drive vehicle won’t help much unless you have chains on your tires. The safest thing to do is stay off the road until conditions improve.
If you drive, follow these common sense rules for navigating icy roads and bridges:
On the road
Watch out for each other
In severe weather, ODOT deploys all available tools in its winter arsenal, including plows, sanders, deicers and solid rock salt. Crews and equipment have been prepositioned to respond.
ODOT crews are working 12-hour shifts around the clock. If conditions allow, crews will pre-treat roads with de-icer -- magnesium chloride with rust inhibitor – on area roads with plows and sanding trucks on standby for use as needed.
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