the Editor: No matter what time of year it is we at the Oregon Department of Transportation all expect central Oregon’s highways to be in good driving condition. As winter approaches it is even more important that our highways are safe for our daily commute to work, business trips over the pass or family holiday gatherings. The people responsible for the confidence we all have in our state highway system are the maintenance crews of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Although the focus of their work changes with the seasons their goal is always the same: providing motorists with the safest and most efficient transportation system possible. During the winter months, ODOT maintenance crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep highways clear of snow, ice, mud and rock slides. Crews work day and night shifts to provide the public with safe traveling conditions. Maintenance specialists apply sand and other materials to break the bond between ice and the road surface, push and remove snow from the mountain passes with snowplows and snow blowers and respond to accidents and stranded motorists. We will do our part to keep the roads clear of snow and ice. It is important that motorists do their part to ensure safe travel during the winter months. * First and foremost allow extra time for your daily commute and drive prudent to the conditions. Excessive speed is the most common cause of accidents during the winter months. * Be prepared and use traction tires or carry the appropriate traction devices. * Prior to leaving home visit for the latest information on road and weather conditions. The site also provides access to roadside cameras located on all the major mountain passes and highways throughout the state. * Have a winter survival kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded for an extended period of time. Winter travel in central Oregon can be tricky. Weather and road conditions can change quickly and often. Stay informed, be prepared, drive with care and reach your destination safely. Let’s all do our part to make the winter of 2001-2002 a safe and enjoyable one. Pat Creedican District 10 Maintenance Manager
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