ODOT Salts Siskiyou Pass to Improve Driving Conditions
The Oregon Department of Transportation is using salt to improve driving conditions on I-5 over the Siskiyou Pass. The agency began using the salt last year from the border to about eleven miles into Oregon.
Last winter there were 29 chain restrictions on the Oregon side of the pass, down significantly from 57 during the winter of 2011-12. Complete holds on traffic also went down, from 18 two winters ago to eight last winter.
The salting project is part of a five year pilot project by ODOT to test the effectiveness against any potential harm it could cause the environment or vehicles.
An ODOT spokesman says the agency has yet to find any measurable environmental impacts, something that is being monitored closely.