Get the Facts | ODOT highway work


MYTH

ODOT is clearing trees as a plan to expand highways. ODOT is also planning to underground the power lines.


FACT

There is no highway widening or lane expansion taking place, nor are there plans to underground existing overhead power lines. The Debris Management Task Force is tasked by the State of Oregon to clear hazard trees that pose risk to people and property in areas that were damaged in the Labor Day fires. Certified professional arborists are working with crews to thoroughly evaluate and assess these trees before removing them. Our goal is ensuring the safety of Oregon’s highway system and communities for all travelers by removing these trees that keep Oregon safe and moving.


Read more about who and how hazard trees are assessed.

Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.