Highway 58 opens as crews continue to clear landslide debris

Officials said they hope to have the cleanup completed by Memorial Day.

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 7:46 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 7:47 PM

LOWELL, Ore. -- Highway 58 has reopened after heavy rain caused several landslides.

Even though the road is now open, officials said crews will still be working to clear the road. They said it could take crews several months to clear all the damage that is left from the snowstorm and the new damage caused by the landslides.

Crews were able to clear two of the landslides Monday, but Monday night there was a new landslide near milepost 14. Tuesday morning, crews worked to clear both the new landslide and the landslide near milepost 27, which is about eight miles from Oakridge.

"It's been a tough for the residents of Oakridge,” said Jimmy Martini, a resident of Lowell. “I know going to and from town, a lot of them work in town. After the snowstorm and now the landslide. It's been a tough go."

Officials said the hillside is still wet and more trees could slide, so drivers need to pay attention to the road. They said when traveling on Highway 58, drivers should expect delays and road stops.

They said they hope to have the cleanup completed by Memorial Day.

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