Hazard trees in hundreds of thousands on one highway alone, ODOT says

Crews are working to clear several roads in areas hit hard by wildfire.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 4:08 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 5:04 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Department of Transportation crews are hard at work around the state to clear road affected by wildfires.

The assessment of damage has just begun, and officials said they estimate there are hundreds of thousands of hazard trees along the Highway 22 corridor alone.

Crews are also working to clear Highway 138E and Highway 126.

“This is such a dynamic and constantly changing situation, we have to make sure these roads are cleared,” said Luci Moore, ODOT State Maintenance and Operations Engineer. “There are many concerns that we will address. It is likely to be some time before these roads open to full or even partial travel. Each will be determined individually based on the damages.”

The work will continue as fire conditions allow, and it will be some time before roads reopen. And even when they do, crews will be watching for hazards like landslides or loose rock in areas hit by wildfire.

If you would like to track ODOT’s progress, click here. There is information on road and office closures, links to news releases, photo and video and more.

Rep. Peter DeFazio announced Wednesday ODOT will be receiving $5 million in emergency relief funding for repair work.

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