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Landslide Closes Highway 58 West of Oakridge

Landslide on highway 58 on April 8th.
Landslide on highway 58 on April 8th.

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. 

Landslide on highway 58 on April 8th.
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Landslide on highway 58 on April 8th.

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   

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.