ODOT Says Expect Winter Delays Over I-5

Unprepared drivers may face challenges through next week as a mix of winter storms are forecast for the Interstate 5 corridor and Cascade mountain passes. Conditions may cause either delays or closures so drivers should remain flexible.

Courtesy of ODOT

“We are strongly urging drivers to come prepared when traveling over the mountain passes, especially with more than a foot of snow forecast for the I-5 corridor between Ashland and Redding,” said ODOT interim District Manager Jeremiah Griffin.

Since this is the first major winter storm of the season, Griffin urged drivers to check their travel kits and make sure their vehicle is ready for winter driving, including:

  • Chains, and know how to install them
  • Tires have good tread
  • Wipes are clean and in good condition
  • Heater and defroster.

Items for travel:

  • Coats, hats, blankets
  • No less than a half tank of gas
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Water and snacks
  • Medications

Drivers should not drive over their abilities. The wisest decision may be to wait until conditions improve.

“There are no shortcuts,” said Jackson County Search and Rescue Coordinator, Sgt. Shawn Richards. “Stay on the main roads, don’t overly rely on your GPS to take a back road, inform family or friends of your travel timeline and know your vehicle’s limitations.”

Griffin said travelers should keep an eye on pass conditions through either Tripcheck in Oregon or Quickmap in California.

Courtesy of ODOT