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Mt. Bachelor is fully open again today, after an avalanche closed part of the mountain Wednesday. Spokesman Andy Goggins says a resort guest reported the avalanche at 10 a.m. and the resort's Avalanche Team responded to make sure no one was injured or trapped under the snow. “There we no victims reported to be caught in the slide. But the Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol kept that area closed and proceeded to run a full search procedure, including the use of our avalanche dogs.” It occurred near the top of the Skyliner Express chairlift. Weather experts say the recent quick change in temperatures and a large amount of snow are prime avalanche conditions. Ken Boone with the Weather Channel:  “You know every time it snows and you get a new layer of snow on top of each other, the bond in between the layers isn’t necessarily always strong. Sometimes if you get a weak enough bond in between those packs of snow maybe you get a lighter snow and then you get a heavier snow on top of that. That bond in between the two different layers could cause an avalanche as well.” Boone says steep terrain is another avalanche factor. So if you're going out in the back-country he suggests that you're constantly aware of the weather conditions and forecast; and your immediate surroundings.

 

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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