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Winter requires preparedness, partnership

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When winter arrives, ODOT maintenancecrews in the Rogue Valley shift their schedules to provide 24-hour coverage.

“We use the rotating schedules to keep our maintenance employees fresh and ready to respond to any storm, day or night,” said ODOT District Manager Jerry Marmon.

Crews apply sanding material and chemicals on hills, curves, bridges and other known trouble spots. The chemicals work as an anti-icer, helping prevent ice from bonding to the road before the storm, and as a de-icer,helping break ice from the road.

“Our maintenance crews work hard to keepthe passes open during the winter storms, but we need the public to do their part as well,” said Marmon. “Ultimately, our success atkeeping roads open depends on a partnership with motorists.

“The responsibility lies with every driver. Preparation is the key to driving safely in winter conditions.”

You can ask your winter travel-related questions on the December 10 edition of Moving Ahead with ODOT, a live talk show on Rogue Valley Community Television. The program starts at 6 p.m. and viewers are encouraged to join in with the call-in number, 552-6079. For more information, go to the RVTV web site,

The talk show will feature winter maintenance efforts on Interstate 5, specifi cally on the Siskiyou and Sexton Mountain passes.

ODOT provides winter driving tipsonline at

South Medford Interchange
Look inside for a full-color map of the traffic changes that are opening and closing Interstate 5 ramps in south Medford.

While the overall project is running ahead of schedule, construction delays forced the opening of the new northbound off-ramp from October to earlier this week. More traffic changes are coming, so be on the lookout for project updates.

Construction updates and a video areavailable on the project Web site,

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