OR242 (Old McKenzie Highway) snow blowing starts

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March 25, 2019           For more information: Peter Murphy, 541-388-6224



OR242 (Old McKenzie Highway)

snow blowing starts

Maintenance Project Blocks Use


BEND – Faced with removing tons of snow before repair work can begin, ODOT crews have moved snow blowing equipment to OR242/The Old McKenzie highway to begin the process of clearing the highway.  The repairs in question are from damage done by the 2017 Milli fire that consumed 24,000 acres of forest land.


The Federal Highway Administration has provided ODOT with about $800-thousand to repair guardrails and culverts and to repave segments that were damaged by fire that crossed onto the highway,


Maintenance crews were able to make some repairs to the highway towards the end of last summer, but winter weather put a halt to those activities.


Beginning today, Monday, March 25, crews are beginning to plow out the entire lower portion of the highway on the eastern side (Sisters) from the gate to about Windy Point.  Following that, work crews will begin repairs.


Once the lower segment of the highway has been cleared, snow removal will continue above Windy Point to Dee Wright Observatory in the normal process of clearing one lane to let the snow melt out.


When maintenance crews work on the highway, Monday through Thursday, they will post “no entry” signs advising of the danger to potential users, including cyclists.  All users are advised that they use the highway at their own risk until ODOT formally opens it later this season.