Monday, December 17 2012, 01:38 PM CST
Salt on Siskiyou Pass is yet to be used
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
JACKSON COUNTY-Ore.-Oregon Department of Transportation says prescribed weather conditions for salting on the Siskiyou Summit
have not occurred.
Temperatures must be between 20 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Gary Leaming with Oregon Department of Transportation says out of the handful of storms the region has had, only one has met salting conditions; this was short-lived, so it was decided salting was not necessary.
He says the magnesium chloride, de-icer, already used on Oregon mountain passes, is more expensive and corrosive to cars than salt.
Leaming says those traveling often in and out of Oregon to California or Washington state are probably already driving on salted roads during winter because those states have been salting roads for quite some time.
The best way to prevent car corossion, he says, is to keep cars clean.
He says, "Make sure that your car is cleaned after you travel the mountain passes especially if you're traveling on I-5 because chances are in California and in Washington State in the winter time you're driving on a salt slurry so what we're asking for is for that continuous level of service that expectation for drivers so they don't have to stop once they hit Oregon and chain up. We'd like to use that as a tool to keep traffic moving."
Leaming adds keeping roads salted during required conditions would provide for more driver safety, since drivers will not have to sit on shoulders putting chains on their tires, and would keep the roads safer overall.
The salting is a five year, pilot project for the road on the I-5 between the California-Oregon Border up to the 11 mile marker.
Salt used during this pilot project will be taken from the Caltrans site in Hilt, California.