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Earlier, ODOT was pondering the costs of plowing through 30 ft. tall snowdrifts on McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway. Wednesday, they decided not to leave the job to Mother Nature and started breaking through all that snow and ice. It's beautiful, breathtaking, and unfortunately closed right now. “It really is a stunning place to go; You know, I’ve traveled a lot of roads around, and you know this one of the better ones. “ Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Peter Murphy says the popular scenic McKenzie Highway that winds thru the wilderness area from Sisters to the town of McKenzie Bridge is only open during the warmer months.

Right now, snow plows are trying to bust thru all that snow and ice, but its a slow slog ; “And then as the plow tries to get through it; it moves say, feet per minute, you know it’s not going very fast.” Murphy says they hope to get the scenic route open soon. Murphy says the costs of plowing the route are about $7500 a day. They hope it will be open by the end of the month.

 

 

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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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