Highway 230 open again from Union Creek to Diamond Lake following winter storms

Highways 62, 230, and 138E are all open again around Crater and Diamond lakes following winter storms that downed numerous trees.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 4:40 AM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 2:11 PM

UNION CREEK, Ore. -- Highway 230 is open once more after high winds brought heavy snow and downed trees onto the High Cascades roadways last week, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Oregon 230 (West Diamond Lake Highway) connects the Rogue Valley and Bend areas.

"Crews experienced warmer weather over the weekend and yesterday which allowed safer conditions to remove the downed trees and groom the highway," ODOT said.

Highway 230 is the last of three High Cascades highways to reopen after the winter storms. Highway 62 and 138 East were open again by the end of last week.

Another ten inches of snow had fallen along Highway 230 by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, but ODOT said that crews had been able to keep the road plowed and ready for traffic.

Transportation officials closed some or all of the three highways earlier last week due to heavy snow and downed trees near Diamond Lake and Crater Lake in the area where Jackson, Douglas, and Klamath counties meet.

ODOT said the snow has caused trees to lean or fall over along those highways. The agency said that about 100 trees had fallen across the roadway, while 200 more were "dangerously leaning" inward.

“We’ve seen winter trees fall in this area before so it’s not unusual,” said ODOT district manager Jerry Marmon. “We’re starting the process to get the highway open but with reduced visibility and snowload, we may not be out there long. Safety for our crews and the public is the top priority.”

Chains are still required on all vehicles traveling through the corridor. Drivers should monitor Tripcheck and for delays and winter driving conditions.

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