March 31, 2016 9:45 a.m.
Thursday is the last day that studded tires are allowed in Oregon until this fall.
Dave Thompson of the Oregon Department of Transportation says the agency won’t extend the studded tire season as current weather forecasts don’t support an extension. Washington State is not extending their studded tire ban either.
ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains to help minimize roadway damage causes by studded tires. A 2014 study concluded that studded tires cause about $8.5 million per year in damage to the state highways.
Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violation.