Moving Ahead - Winter 2015

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Highway Advisory Radio I-5 travelers approaching the Siskiyou Pass can learn the latest road condition information by tuning their radio to the ODOT Highway Advisory Radio at 1660 AM.

over the Siskiyous in shorts and sneakers shows a lack of common sense, as does sitting in the wet snow, trying to chain up at night without either a flashlight nor gloves. Yet, we see it happen every winter.”

“The HAR is a great communication tool,” said Marmon. “Drivers get real time updates on the summit conditions, so they can adjust their plans whether to either stop and rest or proceed over the pass.”

Preparation and patience You need to prepare your vehicles to gear up for winter weather driving.

According to Marmon, the HAR signal broadcasts north to Central Point. Unprepared drivers Motorists are often caught illequipped to travel over the I-5 mountain pass. Winter storm-related delays and short-term closures are a common occurrence on the Siskiyou Pass. “We often see people unprepared for a long wait,” said Carroll. “Traveling

You need patience, too. “You can’t expect to travel over Siskiyou Pass or Sexton Pass without occasional delays during winter storms,” said Marmon. “We’re at the mercy of the weather and the public’s ability to drive in adverse conditions.” For example, chain requirements on the Siskiyou Pass come with delays. “Big snowstorms test the public’s patience,” said Marmon. “Drivers who are prepared stay warm and safe until they get over Siskiyou Pass. Don’t take chances. Prepare for the worst.”