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ODOT To Salt More Miles Of I-5, I-84 This Winter


Snow falls over Salem, Oregon, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

Snow falls over Salem, Oregon, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

After last year’s historically wet, snowy winter in the Mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon agencies are preparing to expand salt treatments on state roads. 

Freezing rain, sleet and thick snowpacks created hazardous traveling conditions throughout the state, causing multiple car crashes and vehicles spinning out of control on Interstate 5. 

“We actually spread salt on a 9-mile stretch of I-5 just south of Salem near Albany for the first time,” said Lou Torres, the Marion County spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. “The heavy snow and ice made travel through that area of hills and curves almost impossible.”

In Salem, drivers slowly navigated the icy roads while Cherriots — Salem-Keizer’s public transit system — experienced delays and cut morning service, and entire roadways were closed until crews could clear accumulated snow and slush. 

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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