Tree cleanup will disrupt Highway 18 traffic for weeks

An Oregon Department of Transportation worker stops at a tree downed last weekend in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor of Highway 18.

ROSE LODGE — Work to clean up Highway 18 from Rose Lodge to Grand Ronde following last weekend’s winter storm will continue for the next few weeks.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed the highway from milepost 6 to milepost 20 at 11 p.m. Friday after more than 400 trees fell in the roadway during the snow and ice storm. The highway reopened at 8 p.m. Sunday after crews were able to move all of the fallen timber from the driving surface.

However, ODOT crews and utility workers will continue cleanup work and hazard tree removal on the roadside for the next few weeks, ODOT Public Information Officer Angela Beers Seydel said. Motorists should expect lane closures and delays while work is ongoing.

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