The summer travel season kicks off in earnest Friday with Memorial Day weekend. The Oregon Department of Transportation has some tips for planning ahead so you can spend more time enjoying your trip and less time stuck in traffic.

Here is ODOT’s summer travel release.

  • Check your route on TripCheck.com. We’ve added more cameras showing road conditions, more real travel times, look for cones on our construction projects, and striped lines to see road and construction information from local partners.
  • Plan ahead. Major events like the Oregon22 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, July 15-24, may cause delays on Interstate 5. Watch for message signs warning of congestion. Slow down and watch out for other travelers who may not be familiar with our national highways.

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  • Driving electric? Expect improved EV charging stations along major highways such as I-5, I-84, and US 101. Some chargers on these highways are part of the West Coast Electric Highway network and now have improved plug types that can connect to more EV models. You can spot the new chargers by their orange colored stickers.
  • Construction is everywhere. Road and bridge construction happens year-round in Oregon, but paving needs good weather, so big projects happen in the summer. Discover our Project monitoring and see what’s next. Check TripCheck for any delays in ongoing projects. Watch for the orange, slow down around work areas, and help everyone get home safely.
    • Use extra caution around chip buckets. This lower cost method of paving extends the life of the road, but slows it down because there may be loose rock around that can fly off and break windows or chip paint.
    • To make it easier for Oregonians and the thousands of visitors expected for the World Championships in Athletics to travel, some construction and maintenance projects will be suspended for three weeks in July.

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  • Rules of the road. Know what to expect on the roads of Oregon. The Go beyond the law indicates that you must change lanes if an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road with flashing emergency lights. If you can’t change lanes, slow down. ODOT Incident Responders are on the road to respond to incidents with other first aid partners. Have you been riding for a while? Find out about the rules of Oregon Driver’s Handbook 2022-2023.
  • Improved access to waterfall corridor. The much-loved Waterfall Corridor on the historic Columbia River Highway can be visited by bike, bus, or tour. If you are driving in your personal vehicle, you will need a Timed Use Permit from May 24 to September 5 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Permits are available online for a $2 transaction fee. A limited number of same-day permits (no charge) are available in person at several locations in the area. More information about transportation options and permits.
  • Forest fires. Debris cleanup from devastating 2020 wildfires complete, but some of them road repairs continue this summer. Expect delays to OR 224, OR 22, OR 126 and OR 138 as crews continue to clear rocks and debris on the highway, repair fire-damaged roads, remove dangerous trees and reseed with native plants, and repave. OU 224 is open but most recreation areas remain closed and there are several work areas.
    • Last year in Oregon, cars were the number one source of wildfires during the summer. Do your part to prevent them. If you must leave the road, stay on hard surfaces and avoid dry grass. Never, ever throw a lit cigarette or other burning material out of your vehicle.
    • If you find yourself in a smoky area, turn on your headlights so others can see you.
  • Be ready. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order before you leave. Check your coolant, hoses and tires. Have emergency supplies in your vehicle. Food, water, extra medicine, first aid kit, paper road map, phone charger, jumper cables, safety vest and flashlight can all come in handy during your travel.

Know before you go and travel safely wherever you go and however you choose to get there.

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