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High Cascade highways reopen after 41 hour closure (Photo) - 01/05/22

MEDFORD — Oregon 138E, 62 and 230 are again open to traffic. 

ODOT crews from throughout southwest Oregon plowed deep snow, removed trees and cleared slides during the three day closure.

Watch for crews and equipment as they continue to widen the narrow roadways.

Budget extra time and be prepared for winter driving conditions when traveling over all Cascade mountain highways.

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Crews work to reopen Cascade mountain highways (Photo) - 01/04/22

MEDFORD – Crews are working to get three high Cascade highways reopened to traffic later today. Portions of Oregon 138E, 230 and 62 closed last night due to severe weather. 

As of 11 a.m. today:

-OR 138E closure moved from Glide (MP 16) to Toketee (MP 61). OR 138E from Toketee to the intersection with U.S. 97 is closed (MP 61-100).

-All of OR 230 remains closed.

-OR 62 remains closed from Prospect north to the intersection with OR 230 (MP 46-65).

Three ODOT snow blowers are cutting paths through the snow on the hardest hit areas of the highways, creating room for safe vehicle travel. Some areas received up to four feet of snow yesterday. More snow is forecast today, although not as much. 

Oregon Department of Forestry and contract crews are also in the area, cutting snow-laden branches and trees leaning over the roads, and assisting ODOT to remove fallen branches and trees.

Depending on weather, all or some sections of the highways may be open later today. 

Be prepared for severe winter travel in Cascade mountain passes. Take extra time and slow down. Carry chains, winter weather clothing, extra food and water. 

Expect winter driving conditions in southern Oregon - 12/27/21

MEDFORD - Travelers in southwest Oregon should expect snowy roads and winter conditions today as winter weather continues to affect the region. Plan ahead, take extra time, and expect delays throughout the day.

Roads in high elevation areas may be covered in packed snow and ice. OR 62, 138 and 230 are especially treacherous. Travel on these roads or other high cascades areas is not advised; use alternate routes. Sno-Parks in the Crater Lake and Diamond Lake area are still inaccessible.

Chains are still required through several high elevation areas. Chain requirements can change throughout the day, depending on conditions. Check Tripcheck.com for the latest information, and make sure you chain up in designated areas on road shoulders only. 

State buildings in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties will open at 10 a.m. today. This does not apply to Reedsport, and this announcement does not cover courts or legislative offices.

As always, use Tripcheck.com to see traffic, closures, live road cameras, and other important winter driving information.