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Studded tire season extended

ODOT officials say the expect Oregon's mountain passes will receive significant snow in the next few weeks.

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 1:11 PM

SALEM, Ore -- For the fifth time in the past 16 years Oregon's studded tire season has been extended.

ODOT and the Washington Department of Transportation have extended studded tire season in the two states until the end of the day Sunday April 15, 2018.

"The forecast suggests Oregon's mountain passes will receive some significant snow in the next few weeks," said Luci Moore, State Maintenance and Operations Engineer.

ODOT officials say if you're not planning to travel in those areas, don't wait to swap out your tires. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways.

Typically, studded tire season is from November 1 through March 3.
 
Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the extended deadline of April 15 can be charged with a Class C traffic violation.

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