More than 40 miles of Highway 138 still closed, officials say

The closures were caused by heavy snow and fallen trees.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 6:49 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 11:07 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- As of Tuesday night, 42 miles of Highway 138 remain closed off, starting at milepost 59 and stretching to milepost 101, officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

The closure began at milepost 47 Tuesday morning, 30 miles east of Glide, due to heavy snow and fallen trees.

Since then, crews were able to open 12 miles near the Tokatee Ranger Station.

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However, officials said crews struggled to clear road hazards due to more snow overnight and throughout the day.

Gabriel Reddekopp, a resident who lives along the Highway 138 stretch, said he’d rather stay indoors until the storm blows over rather than driving in the snow.

“A lot of times you don’t know how other people can drive in the snow or ice,” said Reddekopp. “I don’t know, I like to keep my kids safe.”

ODOT officials said all other highways in the high Cascades area remain closed to the public until conditions improve.

They said they’re expecting more snowfall in the next few days, so they are unsure when the highway will reopen entirely.

ODOT advises drivers to use Tripcheck.com to plan ahead.

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