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How much damage do studded tires cause? ODOT study will find out

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Road damage-1
ODOT's last estimate blamed $50-60 million in
annual road damage on studded tire use.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Studded tires have been a thorn in the Oregon Department of Transportation's side for many years. And it's no surprise why. As federal funding and gas tax revenue fall off a cliff, the agency is struggling to pay its bills. Meanwhile those little spikes used by many Oregonians at the first hint of cold weather cause an estimated $50-60 million in damage each year. Now, 15 years after they first looked into the issue, ODOT has launched a new effort to learn more about how many people use studded tires and exactly how much damage they do. (more...)

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