ODOT keeping an eye on winter travel conditions in Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. - AAA projects that more than a million Oregonians are travelling for Christmas and New Year's this year, and officials are urging drivers here in Lane County to stay safe on their trips and prepare for winter weather.
Whether it be by plane, train or automobile, what matters most is that you get home safely for the holiday season.
For drivers like Charlie Quillman, from Northern California, sitting in traffic is a given. But other drivers, like Lin Large, are more concerned with the road conditions.
And so is the Oregon Department of Transportation, who has crews out this weekend to ensure the roads are up to par this winter.
"We are watching that weather forecast, same as everybody else," said Angela Beers-Seydel, with ODOT. "We have trucks out there who put down deicer."
Beers-Seydel says during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, it's important to be aware on the road.
"Pay attention to where people are around them, pay attention to weather conditions, pay attention to road conditions," said Beers-Seydel. "Things change quickly this time of year, and be aware of where you're going and how you're going to get there."
Some travelers traded the road for the runway at the Eugene Airport, but whether you're traveling on the ground or in the air, be sure to take your time and not rush anywhere for the holidays.