01/14/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2020 19:40
Jan. 14, 2020
PORTLAND -- Drivers should watch out for slick, icy roads and remember to drive for conditions with a forecast calling for freezing temperatures and a mix of rain and snow 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 a four-wheel drive vehicle operates better with 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 deicer -- magnesium chloride with rust inhibitor - on area roads with plows and sanding trucks on standby for use as needed.