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Motorists reminded of reduced speed limit on OR 22 in Santiam Canyon

Numerous work zones remain after wildfire damage

SALEM—Motorists traveling on OR 22 through the Santiam Canyon are reminded that speeds have been reduced to 40 miles per hour between Gates (milepost 33) and Pamelia Creek Road (milepost 63). There have been numerous reports and complaints of excessive speeding through the burn area.

“This poor driving behavior is both risky and dangerous as many workers continue to aid these communities that are in recovery,” said Sgt. Jeremy Landers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. “We are urging travelers to be cautious and safe by obeying the speed limits in the Canyon.”

Significant work continues along OR 22 where wildfires in early September severely impacted communities in the Santiam Canyon. There are still numerous work zones including utility companies repairing power lines and crews are repairing guardrail, clearing debris, trees and other hazards.

In addition to the ongoing work zones, hazards to travelers include damaged and destroyed guardrail, roadside log decks and slash piles from hazard tree removal, as well as the potential for erosion and falling rocks. With fall and winter rains beginning, slides and debris flows are a particular concern especially in areas where the vegetation, tree roots and underbrush have been stripped away.

Travelers are urged to obey the posted speed limits and use extreme caution while traveling through the burn area.

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