ODOT Hopes To Reopen Highway 138 By This Weekend
The Oregon Department of Transportation hopes to get HWY138E back open as soon as this weekend. The road has been closed since July 5 between Steamboat and Slide Creek due to the Jack Fire. The fire is now burning away from 138, also called the North Umpqua Highway. Officials say the fire burnt some signs and sections of guardrail but it didn’t do as much damage to the scenic roadway as previous fires have. When the highway does reopen, there will likely be delays and slower speed limits in the burn area.