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Winter weather closes several Southern Oregon roadways

Oregon Department of Transportation is deploying three snow blowers like this one to help reopen parts of Highways 62, 138E and 230 that were closed due to severe weather in the Southern Oregon Cascades. [ODOT photo.]
Dead Indian Memorial Road is closed to all but local traffic as of Tuesday morning as part of a wave of weather related road closures. [ODOT photo, via TripCheck.com]

Oregon Department of Transportation crews are working to get several highways reopened in the Southern Oregon Cascades after severe winter weather prompted road closures.

Weather hazards such as heavy snow, downed trees and mudslides prompted multiple roadway closures late Monday, according to ODOT. Some portions of Southern Oregon received as much as four feet of snow.

ODOT crews are focusing on Highway 62 near Prospect, Highway 138E near Glide and Highway 230 near Crater Lake National Park by deploying three snow blowers to help clear a path for vehicles with a goal of reopening the roads possibly as soon as the end of the day. ODOT is also working with Oregon Department of Forestry and contract crews to remove snow-laden trees and branches leaning over roads.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, here’s where roads remain closed:

Jackson County

  • Highway 62 between mileposts 46 and 65, from Prospect north to the Highway 230 intersection.
  • Highway 273, between mileposts 0 through 12, up to the intersection with Green Springs Highway
  • Highway 66, between mileposts 2 and 45 between Highway 273 and Clover Creek Road in Klamath County
  • Dead Indian Memorial Road, closed to all but local traffic due to weather hazards, and semitrailer traffic is “strongly not advised”

Josephine County

  • Highway 46, between mileposts 16 and 19.3 — about three miles west of Oregon Caves National Monument

Douglas County

  • Highway 138, roughly 11 miles east of Glide, between mileposts 16 and 61.
  • Highway 230, the entirety between mileposts zero through 23.8

For the latest road conditions from ODOT, check TripCheck.com.