Best source for Oregon "Chains Required" info?

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  1. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Is there a better source than TripCheck.com to know where OR is requiring chains on a particular road?

    I am NOT asking how many chains, and on which axles, chains must be applied when chains are required. I am asking is there a better, more concise source to find out "chains required between I-84 between milepost 353 & 330", for example. As it is I have to scroll & scroll & scroll on the official TripCheck.com. As good as the TripCheck map is there is nothing on it to show which roads and where chains are required, or is there?
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    One other thing, Oregon DOT tweets out road info. Usually you can see road conditions by searching @TripCheck I-84, or whatever OR Hwy or Interstate you are interested in.
     
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    i dont think they have a clue in Oregon, chain laws up, some drivers do, some dont, who knows, just chaos.
     
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    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    It's just Oregon.
     
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    I always planned on chaining up at anytime, and just considered myself blessed if I didn't have to.
     
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    tscottme Road Train Member

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    That's a good plan, and safe. But I run tire socks, not chains. Not only do socks limit me to 20 mph, but using them when the road surface isn't covered in ice and snow destroys them.

    A week or so back Oregon had the chain law active from Deadman's Pass, on top of Cabbage east of Baker City. 90% of that distance was on wet pavement. I dutifully drove it with socks @ 20 mph and all 6 socks were shredded. BTW, I would not recommend socks versus chains. Chains are more durable, if difficult to install. Chains can be repaired and are more widely available than socks.

    Sometimes trip planning requires knowing where the law requires chains before I get to that place, especially on state routes with only a 2-lane road.

    Right know I have to scroll through the whole list of info, say for I-84, that lists every construction zone, crash, etc to find where chains are legally required. It's like reading through all of Wikipedia to find the one new edit put up in the last hour. IMO Oregon's TripCheck.com website is far more useful than the states around it for it's map & detailed road conditions. Why don't they graphically show where chains are required? I had to detour around Snowqualmie recently due to closure for rain & avalanche risk. The WsDOT app & web site, for chaining is not as good.
     
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    the problem is with all the technology available today why are we running chains on wet roads most of the time, its absurd, like i already said i dont think they have a clue out west, and if your not tearing up autosocks your getting tires replaced wirh pieces of chain in them. and they only freak out when donner gets snow because they have so many idiots coming in an out of cali.
     
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