OR 18 (Salmon River Hwy) will remain closed overnight between six miles east of Otis and Grand Ronde (mileposts 6.5-21) due to numerous trees and debris blown down during today’s storm. Wind conditions throughout the day have created conditions unsafe for crews to remove the downed trees.
The closure is through the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor, which is a state park. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has arranged for a commercial logging company to remove the dozen, large trees that are across the highway as soon as they can safely enter and work in the closure zone.
The commercial logging firm will stage equipment this afternoon and is expected to begin clearing the trees from the highway as early as possible tomorrow if conditions don’t allow the work to begin today.
Until OR 18 is reopened, motorists traveling to and from the Oregon Coast will be directed to use OR 22 to US 101