— Drivers and drivers’ friends, friends of friends, even people who live in a different state may have heard about a mysterious phenomenon that has seen the Beltway merge from the other side of the country to Oregon’s border in a matter of hours.
For years, Beltway traffic has been getting worse.
The traffic jam in the morning has become a regular sight, as people head out on their morning commutes and get stuck in traffic.
But this week, traffic has gotten even worse.
Beltway traffic is now up to 15 minutes faster than normal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The highway, known as I-5, is one of the busiest freeways in the United States, with more than 3.3 million vehicles a day.
It also is a national highway, with tolls on I-405, I-70, I… more … and I-270.
But drivers are using it differently than they used to.
Bend’s Beltway is now closed to new vehicles and vehicles with a gross weight of more than 25,000 pounds.
It is also shut to vehicles with gross weight exceeding 25,500 pounds.
Drivers have been told to slow down, to be prepared for traffic jams and to pay attention to their surroundings.
The freeway was closed to traffic Monday for the first time in 20 years, when crews from Oregon State University, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon National Guard Corps worked to fix a problem in the northbound lanes of the freeway.
The problem was in the median of the southbound lanes.
The southbound lane was blocked for a few hours.
Crews were able to clear the lanes, but drivers need to be careful.
“The highway has never been closed this long, it’s never been this bad,” said Jeff Sibbett, a spokesman for the Oregon Department for Transportation.
“So we want to make sure drivers are prepared and have enough time to get around.”
The closure is part of a new effort by the Federal Highway Administration to improve the flow of traffic on I