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Oregon Plan Calls For I-5 Tolls, Gas Tax Increases

Oregon lawmakers are proposing new tolls on Interstate 5 in the Portland area and raising the state gas tax to raise billions of dollars for transportation infrastructure improvements.

Lawmakers claim that, in order to solve the current transportation problems, these changes are necessary.

The draft proposal includes increasing the current 30 cent state fuel tax by 6 cents next year, and another 2 cents every other year through 2026.

That, as well as other measures including the establishment of tolls on I-5, would bring in an estimated $509.1 million next year, increasing gradually to $1.1 billion in 2027.

Pending Federal approval, the legislation identifies Portland for immediate attention: I-5 and I-205 between the Washington border and their junction just north of Wilsonville.

The committee will hold public hearings on the bill, he said, and hopes to have it to the House floor by early June.


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Best, Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year traffic may prove to be a record breaker.

Traveling I-5 can be a real pain with heavy traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make your Thanksgiving holiday voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 19) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24) before 6:00 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 25 and 26) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed into heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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Ramp Closures for I-5 Construction in Oregon Continue Through October 8

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that intermittent night closures of the Interstate 5 on and off ramps at exit 308 on Hayden Island will continue through Sunday October 8.

Closures are necessary for pavement repairs.

Here are details.

  • The I-5 southbound exit 308 off-ramp at Jantzen Beach will see intermittent closures Sunday through Thursday nights, 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., and Friday and Saturday nights, 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Estimated project completion is Oct. 8.
  • The I-5 northbound exit 308 on and off-ramps at Jantzen Beach will see intermittent closures 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights, and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Estimated project completion is Oct. 8.

Signed detours will be in place for authorized vehicles only, otherwise, motor carriers hauling loads need to avoid using these ramps during the restricted times.

Road restriction/dates may change due to weather or other unforeseen delays.


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Lane, Ramp Closures, Detours for I-5 Construction in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports the following update to traffic impacts as a result of I-5 construction and maintenance operations:

  • Exit 256 ramp to Market St (Salem) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 256 to Market St will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 4, 2017.
  • MP 256 to MP 258 NB & SB (Salem) Effective June 19, 2017, this section I-5 will be restricted to 20 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 15, 2017.
  • NB on ramp from Market St (Salem) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from Market St to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 4, 2017.
  • MP 270.50 to MP 283.01 NB & SB (Woodburn to Wilsonville) Effective July 5, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 15 feet 00 in. in width on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 29, 2017.
  • MP 270.50 to MP 283.01 NB & SB (Woodburn to Wilsonville) Effective July 5, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 17 feet 01 in. in height southbound, and 16 feet 09 in. in height northbound, on Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 29, 2017.
  • MP 271.5 to 283. Estimated delay of 20 minutes – 2 hours; Construction Work. Lanes Affected: (Northbound) 2 Lanes
    Road construction is occurring, use caution. Replace the existing pavement between the Willamette River (Boone) Bridge and Woodburn Interchange. The project includes grinding the existing pavement and inlaying the new pavement. Reinstalling durable striping, inlaid pavement markers, and shoulder rumble strips. Lane closures will take place in the evenings, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday thru Thursday nights. Rolling slow downs between 3am to 5am with traffic slowed to approximately 20mph. Expect traffic delays up to 20 minutes. Estimated completion: 10/2017
  • NB on and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 18, 2017, the I-5 northbound on- and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • SB on and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 23, 2017, the I-5 southbound on- and off-ramps to/from French Prairie Rest Area will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • SB on-ramp from Charbonneau District (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from Charbonneau District to I-5 southbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • I-5 NB Exit 282 ramp to Canby (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 282 to Canby will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • MP 282.64 to 271. Estimated delay under 20 minutes. Road construction is occurring, use caution. Replace the existing pavement between the Willamette River (Boone) Bridge and Woodburn Interchange. The project includes grinding the existing pavement and inlaying the new pavement. Reinstalling durable striping, inlaid pavement markers, and shoulder rumble strips. Lane closures will take place in the evenings, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday thru Thursday nights. Rolling slow downs between 3am to 5am with traffic slowed to approximately 20mph. Expect traffic delays up to 20 minutes. Estimated completion: 10/2017
  • I-5 SB Exit 282B ramp to Charbonneau District (south of Wilsonville) Effective July 30, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 282B to Charbonneau District will be intermittently closed between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is September 30, 2017.
  • I-5 NB Exit 289 off-ramp to Nyberg Rd (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 289 to Nyberg Rd will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Nyberg Rd EB (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from Nyberg Rd eastbound to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 291.29. Carman Dr crossing over I-5 (Tualatin) Effective August 7, 2017, Carman Dr crossing over I-5 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. This closure is NOT on the I-5 mainline. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 293.62. NB Truck Ramp (Portland) Effective August 6, 2017, the I-5 northbound Truck Ramp will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. All traffic will be directed to stay on the I-5 mainline. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • MP 294.23 to MP 293.80 SB (Portland) Effective August 8, 2017, this section of I-5 southbound will be restricted to 13 feet 00 in. in width, per the following schedule: Sunday to Friday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 5 AM; Saturday nights between the hours of 9 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • SB Exit 294 ramp to OR99W (Portland) Effective August 8, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 294 to OR99W will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Barbur Blvd (near Exit 294 – Portland) Effective August 6, 2017, the ramp from Barbur Blvd to I-5 northbound near Exit 294 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 7 PM & 9 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 15, 2017.
  • NB Exit 297 ramp to Terwilliger Blvd (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 297 to Terwilliger Blvd will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from Barbur Blvd (near Exit 297 – Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from Barbur Blvd to I-5 northbound near Exit 297 will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 300.26 to MP 300.36 NB (Marquam Bridge – Portland) Effective August 13, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be closed between the hours of 4 AM & 11 AM for one day only.
  • MP 300.5 to 302. Estimated delay under 20 minutes. Periodic nighttime lane and ramp closures. Periodic closures on I-5 in both directions (Broadway/Weidler to Burnside undercrossing) Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (until 8 a.m. Saturday). Morrison Bridge ramp to I-84 east/I-5 closed for Multnomah County work.
  • MP 301 to MP 302 NB & SB (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 14 feet 06 in. in height southbound, and 16 feet 01 in. in height northbound, between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • MP 301 to MP 302 NB & SB (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, this section of I-5 will be restricted to 14 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM. Mobile homes with eaves are allowed, provided the base width does not exceed 14 feet 00 in. in width. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • NB on-ramp from the Morrison Bridge (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from the Morrison Bridge to I-5 northbound will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • SB Exit 300B ramp to OR99E/Oregon City/OMSI (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 300B to OR99E/Oregon City/OMSI will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • SB Exit 300B to the Morrison Bridge (Portland) Effective August 13, 2017, the ramp from I-5 southbound Exit 300B to the Morrison Bridge will be closed between the hours of 4 AM & 12 noon for one day only.
  • SB on-ramp from Wheeler St (Portland) Effective June 8, 2017, the ramp from Wheeler St to I-5 southbound will be intermittently closed per the following schedule: Sunday to Thursday nights between the hours of 10 PM & 5 AM; Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11 PM & 8 AM. Estimated date of completion is October 27, 2017.
  • NB Exit 302C ramp to Greeley Ave/Swan Island (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 302C to Greeley Ave/Swan Island will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 306.6 to MP 307.6 NB (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be restricted to 14 feet 00 in. in width between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • MP 306.6 to MP 307.6 NB (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, this section of I-5 northbound will be restricted to 18 feet 04 in. in height between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.
  • NB Exit 307 ramp to OR99E (Portland) Effective August 7, 2017, the ramp from I-5 northbound Exit 307 to OR99E will be intermittently closed between the hours of 10 PM & 5:30 AM. Estimated date of completion is August 11, 2017.

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Oregon Designates Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway in John Day River Territory

Oregon’s newest Scenic Bikeway traverses the strikingly scenic high desert canyon of north central Oregon, known as the River Canyon Country. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission formally approved the designation of the Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway during its June 14 meeting in Salem, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Travel Oregon announced today.

This 33-mile loop winds along the Deschutes River en route to the Bikeway’s namesake, Sherar’s Falls, where the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs fish for salmon, as they have for thousands of years: from wooden scaffolds using traditional dipnets and setnets. Riders will follow a section of the White River and pass White River Falls State Park, one of Oregon’s secret hideaways, where a short walk leads to views of the river’s 90-foot plunge over a basalt shelf.

The small, vibrant town of Maupin, located on the banks of the Deschutes River, serves as the Bikeway’s start and finish. Maupin offers all the ideal pre- and post-ride amenities: a walkable downtown, friendly locals, restaurants, lodging and camping.

This ride is best enjoyed in spring and fall, and even on some winter days. In springtime, wildflowers dot the hillsides, including lupine’s purple sprays and arrowleaf balsamroot’s pops of yellow. Come winter, central Oregon can be a dry, temperate reprieve while the rest of the state shelters from rain and snow. Tucked in the protective rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, the region boasts 300 days of sunshine and less than six inches of rain per year.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeway program is a superb collection of cycling routes designed to inspire people to experience Oregon’s natural beauty and cultural heritage by bicycle, bringing economic and social benefits to the communities and residents along the routes.

Local bicyclists propose new bikeways and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission designates routes based on scenic quality, road conditions and general riding enjoyment. Only the best routes meet the selective criteria developed by the State Scenic Bikeway Committee.

Once designated, OPRD pays to install directional signs along the route. OPRD and Travel Oregon post information online at RideOregonRide.com/SherarsFalls for riders to plan their trip, including printable ride maps, elevation profiles, gps data, services and points of interest including, Travel Oregon’s Bike Friendly Businesses recognition program.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program is the first and only of its kind in the United States. Launched in 2005, the program is a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and OPRD.


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Weekend Night Closures on I-5 in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports the following I-5 construction travel advisory for this weekend:

  • The ramp from northbound Interstate 5 to northbound OR 217 will be closed Friday and Saturday nights, June 9 and 10, for maintenance.The closures will begin each night at 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. the next morning.

 


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I-5 Construction in Oregon Begins in May

In summer 2017, the Oregon Department of Transportation will repair and resurface two ramps at the Interstate 5 Morrison Bridge interchange and the I-5 bridge over the Rose Quarter Transit Center. The project also will replace the median barrier along I-5 from the Rose Quarter to north of the Hawthorne Bridge. The new barrier will be 10 inches taller than the existing barrier to improve safety of the highway.

When I-5 construction begins in May 2017, there will construction and nighttime noise. Noise will come from heavy equipment, construction trucks, beeping noise when construction vehicles are in reverse (a requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and equipment such as concrete saws and dri​lls.

Working at night is necessary to keep daytime traffic flowing on the heavily traveled freeway.

Lane and ramp closures for I-5 construction will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. on weekends. There will be no daytime lane or ramp closures.

Impacts to I-5 & connections to I-84

No full closures of I-5 will take place. This project will require nighttime lane closures on I-5 during bridge and median barrier work.

Ramp closures & detour information

Work on ramps at the Morrison Interchange and work on I-5 will require nighttime ramp closures. Only one ramp will be closed at a time.The impacted ramps and detour information will be provided on this project page soon.

​Working at night is necessary to keep daytime traffic flowing on the heavily traveled freeway.


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Nearly 49 Million Americans Will Travel This Thanksgiving

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said. “Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding at close to $2 per gallon. Others will fly, take the bus or set off on a cruise to celebrate with their loved ones.”

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving
The vast majority—more than 89 percent—of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving. The 43.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent, with 3.69 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase only slightly this Thanksgiving, to 1.44 million travelers.

Thanksgiving gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade
Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.17, 12 cents more than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.05). Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008, when the national average was $1.85.


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Restaurant Discounts for I-5 Road Warriors

Here’s a new website  for those of us looking to save some money on meals for our next trip down I-5.  511Coupons.com points you to coupons, special deals and discounts for restaurants throughout the United States.

Fast food, fast casual, casual, family style, ethnic and fine dining restaurants are all represented on this website. You’ll find just about every national and regional chain here as well, with info on individual offerings.

It’s another great travel tool for anyone planning their next vacation, weekend getaway or business trip. 511Coupons.com


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Night Time Paving on Oregon I-5 Planned Starting Sunday

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that night time paving of southbound I-5 near the Kuebler Interchange is planned starting this Sunday evening through Thursday evening of next week. The paving is part of the Kuebler Interchange Project.

Travelers going southbound on I-5 at Kuebler can expect single lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. during the week. Travelers should use caution and slowdown in the construction zone.

The project is on time to be completed in late October.


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