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Landslide Closes Highway 58 West of Oakridge

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A landslide has closed Highway 58 between Lowell and Oakridge. A thousand yards of trees and debris are blocking the road. There is a detour on the west side at Lowell and on the east side at Crescent Junction. ODOT crews are on site to assess the slide. 

Angela Beers-Seydel from Oregon Department of Transportation says this is a more technical process than simply scooping up the dirt.

“When we have 40-60 trees down that means somebody has to crawl through the mud and cut those trees up with a chainsaw. It means we’re using equipment to move as many trees as we can.” 

Beers-Seydel says work on the landslide may continue into the night and the road is not likely to be open today. Travelers are asked to avoid the area. Current conditions at tripcheck.com  

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.