CORONAVIRUS, roads, Transportation

Studded tire season extended to May 15

A studded tire. File photo: Chas Hundley

OREGON - Studded tire season has once again been extended in light of social distancing orders as the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, the Oregon Department of Transportation had extended the usual end date for the road-damaging traction devices of March 31 to May 1.

But in a missive sent on Friday, April 17, the agency bumped the deadline to 11:59 p.m. on May 15.

Typically, the agency allows motorists to use studded tires between November 1 and March 31; in 2018 both the Washington Department of Transportation and ODOT extended the studded tire deadline in their respective states to April 15 due to forecasts calling for late-season snow that could impact travel throughout both states. Previous to April 2018, the last time the ODOT extended . . .

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