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Old 01-01-2016, 07:14 PM   #1
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Road Conditon I5 northern Calif

Planning a trip from SoCal to Eagle Point, Oregon. What is the I5 like through northern CA and southern OR?
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Old 01-01-2016, 07:23 PM   #2
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Planning a trip from SoCal to Eagle Point, Oregon. What is the I5 like through northern CA and southern OR?
No problem on I-5 in NORCAL. Stockton has construction. Typical traffic hours through Sacramento.
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This is true but the roads do have a lot of big holes. I travel it monthly and drive in the left lane. Less holes but a lot of one finger waves.
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This is true but the roads do have a lot of big holes. I travel it monthly and drive in the left lane. Less holes but a lot of one finger waves.
You show a toad in your signature block, so assuming you are in fact towing, by driving in the left lane you're doing one of two things, both wrong. You're obeying the 55 mph speed limit holding up traffic. Or you're doing the posted speed limit for vehicles not towing and breaking the law.

In either case it won't be long before you receive a visit from a CHP officer.
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You show a toad in your signature block, so assuming you are in fact towing, by driving in the left lane you're doing one of two things, both wrong. You're obeying the 55 mph speed limit holding up traffic. Or you're doing the posted speed limit for vehicles not towing and breaking the law.

In either case it won't be long before you receive a visit from a CHP officer.
Yup.

Get a clue from the truckers and follow their lead.

Don't give the rest of us a bad name.
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NOAA weather for Siskiyou Summit

We have been precipitation free for the last several days but has been cold at night. In the upper 20s at lower elevation and teens in higher. More precipitation headed our way starting tomorrow night. Snow at first then switching to rain even at pass levels early in the week then back to snow/rain mix at pass level later in the week.

Watch the weather, trip check and pick your time. Hang out in Redding or Medford depending on the direction you are heading and wait for the weather window. Lots of motorhomes are moving during the winter when conditions are right.
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Weather in southern Oregon is pretty good now - cold but dry. You can find a lot of road cameras and other information on this site" One Stop Shop for Traveler Information
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Thanks for the helpful links. Planning on leaving Tuesday am and overnighting in Merced, then driving the next day to our destination, Eagle Point. Looks like the worst part of the drive is the Siskiyou pass with a 6% grade and winding turns. Anyone familiar with this stretch of road?
I've driven Cajon Pass, Tejon Pass, Canejo grade, Caochella Pass, Baker Grade and the climb from Sacramento to Truckee with little problem. How does Siskiyou compare?
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Thanks for the helpful links. Planning on leaving Tuesday am and overnighting in Merced, then driving the next day to our destination, Eagle Point. Looks like the worst part of the drive is the Siskiyou pass with a 6% grade and winding turns. Anyone familiar with this stretch of road?
I've driven Cajon Pass, Tejon Pass, Canejo grade, Caochella Pass, Baker Grade and the climb from Sacramento to Truckee with little problem. How does Siskiyou compare?
Siskiyou Pass is really not that big of a deal. When headed north be careful on the downhill. The curves just keep coming at you and their is a center concrete barrier. Downhill headed south really a piece of cake. The climb in either direction not much in comparison to southbound Tejon which seems almost vertical at first. Wednesday looks like a good day to cross the pass with weather calling for chance of rain. I would plan on starting early and getting over the pass before sunset. The weather changes to chance of snow/rain for Wednesday night. I am paying close attention because I am headed the other direction the following week. Safe travels!
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When headed to AZ via CA I try to hit the Siskiyous at mid day, by then it's usually clear pavement
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We recently drove the 5 from San Diego to Seattle...short trip north and south just 3 days later for a wedding.

The road surface north of Stockton is much better than central and southern CA. And there is major projects in the CA central valley where CalTrans is replacing big sections (milling and replacing the roadway), where you will be driving on the opposing direction lanes.

It's great they are working on the 5...but for right now, it is really rough in several places.

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We recently drove the 5 from San Diego to Seattle...short trip north and south just 3 days later for a wedding.
How many days to you take to drive from SD to Seattle. Regardless you must be tough with a turn around in three days.

The milling work on I-5 was much more in control this fall than last June when they were leaving huge drop offs and height differences between lanes. There was a drop off near Avenal that would scare the daylights out of anyone. I couldn't understand why the first CHIPs officer by wouldn't have gotten someone there with a warning sign. Apparently Caltrans got the attention of the contractor doing the work and while still rough in November it seemed much less so.
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Freezing Rain advisor tonight through 10AM tomorrow

In case anyone who is monitoring this thread was planning on traveling through Southern Oregon tonight or tomorrow morning you need to be aware this was just released.


...PERIODS OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE LATE THIS EVENING INTO
SUNDAY MORNING...

.A WARM FRONT WILL PUSH NORTH INTO THE REGION THIS EVENING AND
TONIGHT...BUT COLD AIR IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN TRAPPED IN THE
VALLEYS WEST OF THE CASCADES UNTIL LATE SUNDAY MORNING. THIS WILL
RESULT IN ACCUMULATING FREEZING RAIN FOR MANY AREAS. SURFACES MAY
BECOME VERY SLICK...RESULTING IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING AND EVEN
WALKING CONDITIONS.

ORZ024-026-030700-
/O.NEW.KMFR.ZR.Y.0001.160103T0300Z-160103T1800Z/
EASTERN CURRY COUNTY AND JOSEPHINE COUNTY-JACKSON COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GRANTS PASS...CAVE JUNCTION...MEDFORD
248 PM PST SAT JAN 2 2016

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO
10 AM PST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS ISSUED A FREEZING
RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO
10 AM PST SUNDAY.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH. UP TO A TENTH
OF AN INCH IS POSSIBLE LOCALLY.

* TIMING...PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE AREA LATE
THIS EVENING...AND MAY BEGIN AS SNOW BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO
FREEZING RAIN SHORTLY AFTER. ANY PERIODS OF ICE SHOULD CHANGE TO
RAIN BY LATE MORNING.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE...MEDFORD...JACKSONVILLE...GRANTS PASS...CAVE
JUNCTION...APPLEGATE...SHADY COVE...INCLUDING PORTIONS OF
INTERSTATE 5 AND HIGHWAYS 199...62...AND 238.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL ON HIGHWAYS AND ROADWAYS COULD QUICKLY BECOME
TREACHEROUS AS FREEZING RAIN AND ICE CREATE SLICK ROADS. ICE ON
WALKING SURFACES WILL CREATE EXTREMELY SLIPPERY AND DANGEROUS
CONDITIONS. EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF ICE CAN CREATE HAZARDOUS
CONDITIONS.
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