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too long to put on chains, blocking lanes and delaying traffic. Our snowplows need the room to work.”

More help on chaining up safely is only a smartphone scan away.

ODOT’s winter maintenance goal is to maintain a safe driving surface. Rogue Valley maintenance crews shift their schedules to provide 24-hour coverage, keeping employees fresh and ready to respond to any storm, day or night. Road condition updates are available on ODOT’s travel information website, Tripcheck.Com or by calling 511. The High Cascades Maintenance Crew manages three mountain highways — the upper section of the Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62), the entire 24-mile stretch of the West Diamond Lake Highway (Oregon 230) and the upper section of the North Umpqua Highway (Oregon 138W). “Snow is our business,” said Metz. “We’re ready for it and drivers should be, too.”

December 7, 2012