ODOT reports that a landslide has covered part of the junction of Highways 20 and 34. The westbound lane is reported blocked. Look for heavy equipment and flaggers. Meanwhile landslide repair is still underway on Highway 34, seven miles east of the town of Alsea. Work crews have been working for weeks on the slide, trying to stabilize the mountainside. Watch for heavy equipment and flaggers. Delays can range from a few minutes to 20 minutes, according to ODOT.
Highway 101 between Newport and Cape Foulweather, which some have called the best roller coaster ride you can enjoy in the comfort of your own car, is being tended to again by ODOT. ODOT says the pavement at both ends of mile post 134 to 139 are being re-surfaced as it must be done periodically since much of the in-between stretch is on an unstoppable geologic march to the sea.
ODOT says Tuesday through Thursday of this week, travel will be restricted to one lane between Newport and Beverly Beach from 9am to 3pm. Flaggers will control traffic in alternating directions. Delays are expected to range from five to fifteen minutes.
ODOT is reporting that driving the Siletz Highway 229 is still a little tricky in places from three miles south of the intersection of 229 and 101, clear down to Siletz. ODOT says there are several areas where minor slides and downed trees cover one lane of travel requiring above normal courtesy between drivers. So drive cautiously and be nice to your fellow travelers and ODOT will have the roads cleared out pretty quick since it appears that we’re through the worst of the storms, for at least the better part of the week ahead.
Long time coming…but you are now free to move about the pavement….
People are removing “Road Closed” signs around the Newport area and it’s putting people’s lives in danger. Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross says there’s a tree that’s lost some of its crown and is hanging over Naterlin Drive right at the Coast Guard Station. The tree is losing more of its canopy and may well dislodge more of it onto the street below. Public Works Director Tim Gross says it’s one thing to drive around the signs but it’s another to remove the signs altogether, because it puts other lives in danger who don’t know of the danger hanging over their heads.
LEAVE THE SIGNS ALONE!!
It’s snowing like we’re in the mountains, out there. DO NOT DRIVE. Foulweather is impassible unless you have 4-wheel drive.
The snow is coming down in huge quantities and it’s a wet snow which makes it pile up faster. Cape Foulweather between Newport and Depoe Bay is impassible. Even if you have 4 wheel drive, it’s very hard because there are many cars near the summit that have spun out or cannot move forward and are chaotically blocking most of the asphalt surface area (if you can find any).
HIghway 20 going up the hill from Newport is closed. Police say there is one car that has spun out and is hanging over a ravine in danger of going over the side. There are many, very heavily snow-laded trees that are falling onto the pavement. Again, unless it’s to the store, stay indoors and stay out of the snow. It’s very hazardous out there.