Downed trees and debris from high winds have closed three highways in Lincoln County. ODOT is working to clear the highway blockages as safety allows. Some locations won’t be cleared until after the winds have abated. The current highway closures and conditions are as follows:
OR 18 (Salmon River Hwy.) is closed between six miles east of Otis and Grand Ronde, or between milepost 6.5 on the west and milepost 21 on the east. ODOT crews are staged and ready to begin clearing as soon as winds allow for safe entrance into the closure area. ODOT is sending additional personnel from the Salem area to assist. There is no estimate on when the highway will reopen.
US 20 (Corvallis-Newport Hwy.) is closed between one mile west of Toledo and approximately three miles west of Eddyville, or between milepost 4 on the west and milepost 20 on the east. Downed trees and debris make the highway impassible. There is no estimate when the highway will reopen. Unsafe, windy conditions are preventing clearing at this time. Additional crews are headed to the area from other ODOT Districts to assist.
OR 229 (Siletz Hwy) is closed nine miles north of Siletz at between mileposts 15 and 16. Hazardous trees and vegetation make the highway too dangerous to travel. There is no estimate when the highway will reopen.
Motorists are encouraged to be alert for falling trees, debris, mudflows and other events associated with the current storm.
Travelers should carry extra supplies that include food, water, cell phone and charger, blankets and traction devices and be prepared for unanticipated delays and road closures.
Motorists are urged to check with www.tripcheck.com before traveling