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Highway 58 To Close For 10 Hours Wednesday

Oregon Department of Transportation

A six-mile section of Oregon Highway 58 east of Oakridge will close for ten hours Wednesday, July 7, to allow crews to remove a semi-truck that crashed last week.


The complete closure near the Salt Creek Tunnel is scheduled from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, with no local detour available. ODOT says the truck is 200 feet down a steep embankment and removing it will require a crane.  

The highway will be closed between mileposts 51 and 57. Most eastbound traffic will be turned around at Oakridge, with local travel permitted past Oakridge until the closure point at milepost 51.

Westbound traffic will be turned around at milepost 73, with local travel permitted until milepost 57, which is at the entrance to the Salt Creek Falls trailhead.

Oregon State Police said the driver did not survive the June 27 crash.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”