With the summer travel season approaching, ODOT offers a few tips, reminders and tips before you hit the road

Salem, Oregon (KTVZ) — Summer travel season is coming up fast, and as you make your plans, there are a few things to know before you drive, ride, walk or roll along state highways, the Oregon Department of Transportation said Thursday.

Here is their list:

Check your route on TripCheck.com. We’ve added more cameras that display road conditions, more realistic travel times, find cones on our construction projects, and chart lines to see local partners’ road and construction information.

Plan in advance. Major events such as the Oregon22 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, July 15-24, may cause delays on Highway 5. Watch for message signs warning of congestion. Hold on, and be aware of fellow travelers who may not be familiar with the highways in our state.

Plan a car-free trip. Consider taking the POINT or Amtrak bus to the games in Eugene, and walking or biking around town. Or, avoid crowds and plan a walking or biking tour. Find resources under “Plan your trip”.

Electric driving? Look to upgrade electric vehicle charging stations along major roads like I-5, I-84, and US 101. Some of the chargers on these roads are part of the West Coast Electric Highway network and now have upgraded plug types that can connect to more EV models. You can discover new chargers by their orange stickers.

Oregon has about 2,100 public charging stations for electric vehicles across the state. We’re about to get more along major roads and in Oregon communities over the next few years, thanks to ODOT’s $100 million pledge for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Construction is everywhere. Roads and bridges are built throughout Oregon year-round, but paving needs good weather, so big projects happen in the summer. Check out our Project Tracker and see what’s planned. Check TripCheck for any delays in ongoing projects. Watch out for the orange, slow down around work areas and help everyone get home safely.

Take extra care about foil seals. This low-cost method of paving extends the life of the road, but slows it down as there can be loose rocks around that may fly in and smash windows or chip paint.

To facilitate travel for Oregon residents and the thousands of visitors expected to attend the World Athletics Championships, some construction and maintenance projects will be suspended for three weeks in July.

Road rules. Find out what to expect on the roads of Oregon. The Transition Law says that you must move into another lane if the emergency vehicle is on the side of the road with the emergency lights flashing. If you can’t change lanes, slow down. ODOT Incident Responders are on the way to respond to incidents with other first responder partners. Have you been driving for a while? Clean up the rules in the 2022-2023 Oregon Driver’s Guide.

Improved access to the waterfall trail. The beloved Waterfall Trail on the historic Columbia River Highway can be visited by bike, bus, or tour. If you are driving your personal vehicle, you will need a temporary use permit from May 24 until September 5 between 9am and 6pm. Passes are available online for a $2 transaction fee. A limited number of same-day passes are available (without fees) in person at several locations in the area. Learn more about transportation options and permits.

Forest fires. Debris cleanup from the devastating 2020 wildfires has been completed, but some road repairs are continuing this summer. Expect delays at 224, 22, 126, 138, or OR as crews continue removing rocks and debris over the highway, repairing fire-damaged roads, removing hazardous trees, reseeding native plants and re-paving. 224 OR is open but most recreation areas remain closed and there are many work areas.

Last year in Oregon, cars were the number one source of wildfires during the summer. Do your part to stop them. If you have to veer off the road, stay on hard surfaces and avoid dry grass. Never throw a lit cigarette or other flammable materials out of your vehicle.

If you end up in an area with smoke, turn on your headlights so others can see you.

be ready. Make sure your car is in good working order before you go out. Check the coolant, hoses and tyres. Keep emergency supplies in your car. Food, water, extra medicine, a first aid kit, a paper road map, a phone charger, connection cables, a safety jacket and a flashlight may come in handy while you’re travelling.

Know before you go and enjoy a safe journey wherever you go however you choose to get there.

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