Plan for congestion on area roads over Labor Day weekend

Eastern Oregon bracing for heavy, slow traffic

September 1, 2020

For more information, contact Peter Murphy (, 541-388-6224

LA GRANDE — Travelers need to pack their patience and allow extra travel time this Labor Day weekend.

With an overwhelming number of travelers using their cars and staying close to home because of COVID-19, many people will again be heading out across Oregon this week. Eastern Oregon has been a favorite destination this summer, causing periods of significant congestion on roads throughout the region. 

This weekend, travelers should expect heavy and slow traffic, especially at the beginning and end of the weekend. Also, travelers should be prepared for slow traffic when going through small towns and cities.

Some tips to consider before and during your trip:

  • Plan your travel route ahead and stay socially distant whenever possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Make sure that you and your passengers have several face coverings; all businesses are requiring masks for entry because of the spread of COVID-19.
  • Carry plenty of hand sanitizer, toilet paper and other personal items for sanitation.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full.
  • Don’t use backroads to get around traffic congestion; these roads are typically unimproved and present a number of potential hazards.
  • There are many parking/illegal camping restrictions on highways and county roads; please obey the signs that are there for your safety; in addition, law enforcement can cite you for parking illegally.
  • Protect our health and the environment by disposing of your garbage appropriately.
  • Obey the speed limit; we are seeing a lot of excessive speeds and high speed crashes.

Drive sober and don’t drive distracted; drivers should leave the cell phone to someone else.

Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones.