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DOT crews prepare ahead of heavy holiday traffic

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Tuesday kicked off one of the busiest travel times of the year, and with dropping temperatures and snow on the mountain, drivers will face busy roads.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is getting ready for that weather as thousands of people hit the road.

Travel conditions look good for the Thanksgiving weekend, but drivers can still expect roads like Highway 26 to be clogged Wednesday as people head to their holiday destinations.

Officials with ODOT and the Washington Department of Transportation said they have their sanding trucks and plows ready, just in case. The Portland Bureau of Transportation stated their trucks are ready to go, too.

ODOT noted that this year they have more than 100 trucks that can be outfitted as needed with plows, sand spreaders or de-icer. They also have almost 300 workers ready to go on 12 hour shifts, if and when the snow hits the area.

Rian Windsheimer with ODOT noted that even on nice weekends like the one expected this weekend, there will still be hazards, especially east of the mountains.

“The most important tool you can bring to winter driving is your own good judgment. That means slowing down when conditions warrant and leaving extra room for those around you,” Windsheimer said. “No one wants to be the cause of a crash.”

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