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Cyclists and those wanting to take a leisurely drive on Oregon’s most scenic highway, McKenzie Pass, will have to wait a while before ODOT opens the road. ODOT spokesman Peter Murphy says there is 30 feet of snow right now. "At this point, we don't have even a vague idea of when that might happen. There’s so much snow up there right now, that it would cost us, we figure, up to a quarter of a million dollars to blow just a single lane so that the rest of it could melt out." Murphy says since only about 400 drivers a day use the road. They don't see that they can spend the money to clear it right now, because money used for snow removal will come out of the budget for pothole repair and maintenance. He adds that if we continue to get cold fronts coming into the area, this year could be a record for the latest opening date for the McKenzie Highway. Murphy says the road has opened as late as July.





Traffic & Weather




  • 27th Street Bear Creek Road and Forum Dr. down to a single lane 6a – 10p Signal light at 27th and Forum will be disabled and only right turns off 27th will be allowed.


  • Road closures along Roosevelt Ave >< Silver Lake Blvd -Chamberlain St. 7a-5p (9/6-11/20)


  • Lane closures and detours Mt. WA Dr at Shevlin Park Road North to Regency (7/11-11/30)
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