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Hazard tree work along state highways suspended for holiday weekend

In an effort to reduce impacts on the traveling public over the holiday weekend, state-managed crews working on hazard tree removal along state highways will suspend operations and their associated traffic control measures from 12:00PM (noon) on Friday, July 2 until sunrise on Tuesday, July 6.

Following the holiday weekend, work will resume with an expected increase in tree removal activity and traveler delays particularly in Southern Oregon.

Areas undergoing wildfire recovery work:

  • OR 138E (Douglas County): As part of Archie Creek and Thielsen Fire recovery efforts, hazard tree removal will continue along OR 138E in Douglas County between the Glide and Steamboat areas near mileposts (MP) 21-39 and further east in the Diamond Lake area from MP 76-80. Travelers can expect intermittent delays and pilot car operations as this work continues through the summer.

  • OR 97, OR 422, OR 62 (Klamath County): Crews are preparing to begin hazard tree removal work in response to the 242 Fire. Travelers can expect work zones and delays near Collier State Park on OR 97 between MP 242-247, on OR 422 near MP 1-3 as well as OR 62 between MP 97-101. Efforts will be made to minimize the number of work zones and associated delays through the summer.

  • OR 22 (Marion County): Crews continue to remove trees destroyed by the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires along OR 22 between MP 22-62 in the Santiam Canyon. Work to remove ash and debris from damaged homes and businesses also continues throughout the 40-mile corridor. Travelers can expect work zones and delays throughout the summer and are encouraged to take alternate routes when possible.

  • OR 126 (Lane County): Hazard tree and ash and debris removal along the McKenzie Highway continues between MP 24 (near Leaburg Dam) and MP 48 (near Rainbow). Tree removal work is complete in many areas, but the entire corridor remains a construction zone with traffic fines doubled. Drivers are encouraged to expect delays, exercise patience and find alternative routes if possible.

  • OR 224 (Clackamas County): OR 224 along the upper Clackamas River remains closed from approximately seven miles east of Estacada. Due to falling rocks, tree removal operations along steep slopes and other safety hazards, including extremely damaged roadways, OR 224 will not reopen until at least fall 2021.



Wildfire waste and debris removal

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to remove hazardous waste, and ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires safely, efficiently, and as quickly as possible. The Oregon Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality and Emergency Management are leading the effort, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistance.

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