SALEM — The Oregon Department of Transportation reminds drivers to have studded tires removed from vehicles by Thursday, March 31.
Current weather forecasts do not support an extension this year.
ODOT made the decision in cooperation with the Washington Department of Transportation, whose studded-tire season also ends March 31.
Drivers are encouraged to consider other types of traction tires or chains to help minimize roadway damage caused by studded tires. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways.
Other types of traction tires which meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions carry an emblem on the tire sidewall of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake in the center. Research shows these tires cause no more damage than standard all-weather radial tires, while providing better traction than studded tires on bare pavement.
Those with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violation. ODOT crews will continue to monitor roadways and clear late-season snow and ice as soon as possible. Drivers traveling after March 31 should monitor weather conditions, use other types of traction tires or chains or postpone travel if necessary.
To check road conditions at any time of year, visit www.TripCheck.com or call 511 for the latest road conditions.