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Landslide Closes Highway 20 Near Toledo


A landslide has closed U.S. Highway 20 west of Toledo. The State Department of Transportation says both lanes were blocked Thursday morning on the road between Corvallis and Newport.

ODOT spokeswoman Angela Beers-Seydel says the slide won’t likely be cleared until midday Friday.

Beers-Seydel: “We had about 4,000 yards of material come off the hill and that included about 60 trees. So, it’s a pretty substantial landslide.”

A local detour is in place. Beers-Seydel says this time of year, crews are watching for landslides. They try to prevent them when possible.  A snow avalanche closed Highway 20 to the east near Santiam Pass on Wednesday. That’s been cleared.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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