People of Northwest Public Radio
Oregon Studded Tire Extension
Thu March 29, 2012
Oregon Extends Deadline For Studded Tires
Oregon drivers have an extra week before they must remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation extended the season through April 9th. The traditional deadline is April 1.
Weather forecasts are calling for difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week of April.
ODOT spokesman Dave Thompson:
Thompson: "We absolutely encourage drivers to not wait until the deadline if they aren’t driving in snowy conditions, to help protect the roads. But if you need 'em, you got 'em for another week."
Thompson says studded tires chew up the roads. Research by ODOT found they cause $40 million in damage to Oregon roads each year.
Studded tires have to be off as of 12:01 a.m. April 10.
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