Tree clearing project to remove hazardous trees on U.S. 101 at Lincoln and Tillamook County line
NESKOWIN – Beginning today, February 2, travelers in the area of U.S. 101 at the Lincoln and Tillamook county line (mileposts 99 to 104), should expect delays of up to 20 minutes while ODOT crews cut down and remove trees. Tree falling should be completed by the end of the month and all related work is to be completed by March 31.
This project attempts to manage a chronic safety hazard from falling trees and limbs along U.S. 101. In this area, a 2012 winter storm dropped about 12 inches of wet snow severely damaging many trees that resulted in a road closure and some travelers trapped between the fallen trees. ODOT crews worked through the night to open the road.
This is an area where U.S. 101 crosses a portion of the Siuslaw National Forest. Working with the U.S. Forest Service, ODOT has identified and marked trees that have a higher potential to fall and cause danger to the 3,800 traveling vehicles that travel this section of U.S. 101 daily. Many of these travelers are emergency responders, those needing access to medical care, commuters, and commercial traffic.
The majority of the trees marked for removal are red alders. Some trees are leaning heavily toward the highway, others are dead, some are suffering severe decay, or are in unstable soils.