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Thanksgiving week brings extra traffic to Oregon roads

Santiam Pass
ODOT Trip Check
Wintry conditions are already hitting Oregon's mountain passes, as seen on this webcam view of Santiam Pass taken on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Thanksgiving week will bring extra traffic to the region’s roadways.

“There’s going to be a lot of folks out there," said Angela Beers Seydel, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Transportation. "Things are kind of getting back to normal levels. We’re expecting to see a lot more travelers on the road over this weekend.”

Drivers in Oregon can check conditions on ODOT’s website, tripcheck.com, before heading out.

In addition to holiday-related travel, thousands of people are expected to drive to football games including the state high school playoffs in Cottage Grove and Hillsboro, as well as the rivalry game between Oregon State and the University of Oregon on Saturday in Eugene.

Meanwhile, AAA says Oregon’s gas prices are at their highest level ever for Thanksgiving, at a statewide average of $3.78 per gallon. That compares to a national average of $3.40 per gallon.

Prices are even higher in Eugene, where the average price is $3.80 per gallon. According to AAA, the highest average prices in Oregon are in the Medford and Ashland areas, where the current average price is $3.95 per gallon.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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