Oregon Owner Operator Jobs

TS-image-86512363Because much of the state is mountainous terrain, Oregon only has two major interstate highways with a small portion of a third. I-84 crosses the state from west to east across the north edge while I-5 runs north to south along the coast. I-5 spans the entire length of the U.S. from Mexico to Canada and passes through all Oregon's major cities. I-82 branches to the north off I-84 just south of the Washington border.

There are also several interstate spurs and bypasses around major cities. In spite of the spurs congestion is a problem in Portland. The Columbia River Bridge is a frequent choke point. One study rated 37 percent of the state’s urban highways as congested.

The state is served by numerous federal and state highways. Since many of these roads travel through the mountains, they are frequently steep and winding. For the owner operator in Oregon this means there may be length or weight restrictions on roads that impact routing decisions. The state may require a test run for an oversize load before issuing an oversize permit.

Oregon maintains a database of prior test runs that can be used to evaluate a potential route. If no previous run is on file, the driver will need to carry out a test run which will be analyzed by officials. Oversize permits are available from the state or through third party services. Third party permits will include an additional processing fee.

Because logging is a critical part of the Oregon economy there are special rules governing oversize log loads. Applications are accepted by phone, in person or by mail. Pilot vehicles, flagging and signage may be required. There are travel time restrictions for all oversize loads.

Triple trailers are allowed in Oregon but require oversize permitting. Drivers must have satisfactory safety ratings from either the federal or state government. Interstate carriers need satisfactory ratings from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Intrastate drivers need a good state rating.

Chains or traction tires are required during the winter. The chains don’t need to be installed but must be carried. Signs are posted when installation is required.

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