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Access To Terwilliger Hot Springs Remains Blocked By Rockslide

Willamette National Forest

Last week, a rockslide shut off access to a popular hot spring in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene. There’s no timeline for when the road will re-open.

Officials say there’s no way to get to Terwilliger (or Cougar) Hotsprings) on Forest Road 19, also known as Aufderheide Drive. Jude McHugh is spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest.
McHugh:  “Right now it’s about 8,000 cubic yards laying on the road and that’s 800 dump trucks before we can get the road back open. First things first, we’ve got to make that hillside safe. The next thing we’ll do is clear the road. And then, before we let anybody back in there, we’ve got to make sure it’s a safe place to drive and visit.”

Credit Willamette National Forest

McHugh says Forest Service engineers and geologists went to the site this week to assess the rockslide. It’s on a section of road that’s been subject to rock fall in the past, but this one is unusually large. The public is advised to avoid Forest Road 19 until it’s declared safe by officials with the Willamette National Forest.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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