Employees of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are already out on Oregon's highways plowing snow. In the high country of the coast range and the Cascades as well as up the Columbia River gorge and throughout the eastern half of the state, skilled ODOT drivers will be out in the worst possible conditions all winter long to help make our roads safer for travel.
Every year, Oregon's snowplow drivers head out with the first snows. Yet many have not driven a snowplow for six months or more, and some are driving for the first time. The snowplow trucks are large and incorporate complicated equipment including multiple plows and equipment to spread grit on the roads to increase traction. Hazards on snowy roads include parked or stranded vehicles, reckless drivers, and even wild animals that may try to cross the road.