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Fast moving rangeland fires don't know how to read a stop sign.  Already this fire season, transportation officials have had to close major roads and highways in eastern Oregon several times. 

 

Oregon Department of Transportation's Peter Murphy says in the recent fire north of Madras the fire was moving towards Highway 97, so they had to shut it down for several safety reasons.  And it happens a lot with large, wind-whipped fires:  “Really its also for the firefighters who are out fighting the fire.  We have firefighters with axes over their shoulders literally walking down the highway because its the best way to get to their next place to fight the fire.   So that's one reason why we don't want to have cars on the road.  And so it’s for the safety of the motorists, and for the crews who are actually fighting the fire.” 

 

The challenges for drivers going through fire zones are low visibility from smoke and added hazards from fire crews navigating equipment on and near the highways.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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