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ODOT Hopes To Reopen Highway 138 By This Weekend

Oregon Department of Transportation

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.


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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