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McKenzie Pass to Remain Closed...For Now


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.

 

 

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