ODOT crews work to reopen Cascade mountain highways closed by heavy snow

Courtesy ODOT - Photo taken near Tokatee
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Oregon Department of Transportation crews are working to get three high Cascade highways reopened to traffic later Tuesday after heavy snow closed some major passes Monday.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday:

-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).

-OR 20 (Santiam Pass) is closed from MP 43-71 (the OR 126 junction)

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 the 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. 

More info: TripCheck.com

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