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ODOT NEWS RELEASE: U.S. 101 expected to open north of Brookings at noon on Saturday - 03/07/19

BROOKINGS – U.S. Highway 101 is expected to open at noon on Saturday, weather permitting, after the highway had been closed nearly two weeks by a slide at Hooskanaden Creek, about 12 miles north of Brookings.

When the highway opens, traffic through the slide area will be limited to a single lane on a gravel road surface. Flaggers will provide traffic control and motorists should expect delays. Motorists are also advised to slow down and drive with caution.

Over the past two weeks, ODOT has been monitoring conditions through the slide area. Ground movement has slowed in recent days. Crews for Tidewater Contractors have been working overtime to remove slide debris and place more than 15,000 tons of rock along the path of the highway.

ODOT will continue to monitor the area for ground movement for the next several months.

For more information, contact Dan Latham, ODOT Public Affairs, 541-957-3601 or Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us.

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ODOT UPDATE: Ground movement slows at Hooskanaden slide on U.S. 101 north of Brookings (Photo) - 03/04/19

BROOKINGS – ODOT and Tidewater Contractors have begun clearing debris at the north end of the Hooskanaden Slide, which closed U.S. 101 about 12 miles north of Brookings on Monday, February 25.

Over the weekend, the ground movement downhill had slowed to about six inches an hour, a significant improvement from a week earlier when the ground was slipping an average of two feet an hour.

As soon as the ground movement slows to about three inches an hour, Tidewater will place rock along the quarter-mile section of displaced roadway and open at least one lane to traffic. The rock placement work may take 24 to 48 hours.

Most of the movement observed over the weekend occurred at the south end of the slide area. Tidewater has begun removing debris from the north end, which has seen less movement and is considered more stable. ODOT will continue to monitor ground movement, and Tidewater will gradually continue south as conditions permit.

Slides are a common occurrence in winter when the south Oregon coast receives heavy rain, and the Hooskanaden area often requires frequent paving and patching to repair cracks caused by ground movement.

For more information, contact Dan Latham, ODOT Public Affairs, 541-957-3601 or Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us.

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[MEDIAT NOTE: Please credit all photos to Tidewater Contractors.]

OR138E Tree removal
OR138E Tree removal
ODOT plans to open North Umpqua Highway this afternoon (Photo) - 03/01/19

ROSEBURG – ODOT is planning to open Oregon 138E (North Umpqua Highway) this afternoon in time for recreational users to travel from Roseburg and enjoy the snow this weekend at Diamond Lake, Crater Lake and other mountain areas. Access to snow parks may be limited.

ODOT and Oregon Department of Forestry staff are currently working with Weekly Brothers contract crews to clean up slides and remove trees that were knocked down during this week’s snowstorm. ODOT will provide an update as soon as Oregon 138E is open.

Winter road conditions are in effect. Motorists should drive with caution and expect lane closures and delays as workers continue clearing debris from the shoulders of the highway. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

For more information, contact Dan Latham, ODOT Public Affairs, 541-957-3601 or Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us.

 

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PHOTO CAPTION: Workers prepare trees for removal along the shoulder of Oregon 138E, about ten miles east of Glide, on Friday morning, March 1, 2019.

Attached Media Files: OR138E Tree removal
As of Thursday afternoon, the ground at the Hooskanaden Slide on U.S. 101 has been moving approximately 11 inches an hour.
As of Thursday afternoon, the ground at the Hooskanaden Slide on U.S. 101 has been moving approximately 11 inches an hour.
UPDATE: Ground movement delays U.S. 101 repairs near Brookings (Photo) - 02/28/19

UPDATE: Ground movement delays U.S. 101 repairs near Brookings

BROOKINGS -- U.S. 101 will likely remain closed near Brookings a few more days.

ODOT and Tidewater Contractors have mobilized equipment and are standing ready to rebuild a quarter mile of U.S. 101 after a slide near Hooskanaden Creek closed the highway 12 miles north of Brookings on Monday.

Earlier in the week, the ground had been moving more than 2 feet an hour, resulting in enormous cracks in the road surface and a 10-foot dropoff. As the weather has improved, the ground movement has decreased to about 11 inches an hour by Thursday afternoon.

As soon as the movement slows to 3 inches an hour, ODOT and Tidewater will begin pouring rock and rebuilding the roadway to get at least a single lane open.

Meanwhile, Tidewater is addressing a related problem uphill from the highway. The initial slide blocked the natural path of a creek on the hillside, shifting the runoff into the middle of the slide and causing the ground to become saturated and less stable. Tidewater is currently working on the hillside to reestablish the original channel and direct water away from the slide.

While the highway is closed, motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

For more information, contact Dan Latham, ODOT Public Affairs, 541-957-3601 or Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us.

Fallen trees can be seen along Oregon 138W on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Fallen trees can be seen along Oregon 138W on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
ODOT UPDATE -- Oregon 38 now open from Reedsport to Elkton (Photo) - 02/27/19

NOTE: Corrects captions to read "Feb. 27".

Oregon 38 now open from Reedsport to Elkton

REEDSPORT -- Oregon 38 (Umpqua Highway) is now open from Reedsport to Elkton (milepost 0-36).

However, Oregon 38 is closed between Elkton and Drain (milepost 36-50), and Oregon 138W (Elkton to Sutherlin Highway) is closed to through traffic. Both closures are due to downed trees and powerlines (see photos). Workers are on site and making progress cutting and removing trees that are blocking the highway. Emergency service vehicles and local residents will be accommodated through the closure area. Motorists traveling from the Reedsport area to I-5 are advised to use alternate routes.

Elsewhere, U.S. 101 remains closed at milepost 344 (15 miles north of Brookings) due to a slide. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Tidewater Contractors of Brookings have been awarded a contract to re-open the highway and work is underway.

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UPDATE - U.S. 101 closure at MP 344, north of Brookings (today photo) (Photo) - 02/27/19

BROOKINGS: The Hooskanadan slide is still active this morning. Traffic is detouring using Carpenterville Highway. Freight restrictions are in effect and motor carrier enforcement officers are on both sides checking traffic.

Drivers are reminded that Carpenterville Highway is a long, narrow and winding road with steep grades and an elevation change of 1,700 feet.

Meantime, ODOT has an apparent low bidder on a contractor to repair the slide. But until the slide slows, work cannot begin.  The slide continues to move at a rate of nearly two-feet an hour.

Here are the freight restrictions

  • Truck Tractor and Semitrailer Combinations (fifth wheel hitch) - 60 feet overall length, 40 foot trailer length.
  • Truck and Trailer Combinations (pintle hitch) - 65 feet overall length, 40 foot trailer length.
  • Doubles Combinations - 65 feet overall length, 40 foot trailer length.
  • Other length limits as shown on Group Map 1.

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Hazard vehicles will be towed from Oregon 238/Jacksonville Hill - 02/27/19

Oregon 238 – Jacksonville Hill: Owners of vehicles left overnight on the shoulder of Oregon 238/Jacksonville are noticed their cars will be towed by early afternoon by OSP/ODOT as they are a hazard with the next round of snow forecast.  Owners of the 15 vehicles are requested to remove their vehicles before they are towed.

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Photos_ U.S. 101 Slide at MP 344 -Hooskanadan Slide Update (Photo) - 02/26/19

BROOKINGS -  The slide on U.S. 101 MP 344 - called the Hooskanadan Slide -- has moved about 10 feet both horizontally and vertically today. The goal, once it slows down, is to gravel a portion of the highway and get it open under 24/7 flagger control.

Nearby Carpenterville Highway (OR 255) is open to traffic, but it should NOT be considered for use as a viable detour for commercial truck traffic. Expect a check point on either side of Carpenterville Highway tomorrow morning to turn away oversized commercial vehicles.   

 

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Photos_ Clean-up in closed section of Oregon 138E between Glide and Diamond Lake (Photo) - 02/26/19

ROSEBURG-  Oregon 138E is still closed east of Glide but ODOT and Pacific Power crews are working to reopen the highway from downed trees and powerlines.

 

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Photos_ U.S. 101 Closure (MP 344) 12 miles north of Brookings (Photo) - 02/26/19

BROOKINGS:  U.S. 101 remains closed this morning at MP 344, 12 miles north of Brooking. ODOT and contractors will meet this morning to come up with a plan to repair the slide area.

“Hopefully, we can get a single lane open under gravel later today,” said ODOT District Manager Darrin Neavoll, “but given the nature of the sunken grade that maybe wishful thinking.”

The slide, known by locals as the Hooskanadan Slide, abruptly shifted yesterday and is a chronic trouble spot on U.S. 101 on the southern Oregon Coast.

Nearby Carpenterville Highway is narrow and steep local roadway. It is closed to through traffic, including commercial trucks.  Through traffic should use alternate state highway routes. 

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Photos - Expect Winter Driving in Douglas County (Photo) - 02/24/19

ROSEBURG - Expect winter driving conditions along the I-5 corridor and state highways in Douglas County due to wet, heavy snow tonight. Snow is falling and sticking from Cottage Grove south to Canyonville on the interstate, as well as coastal mountain highways such as Oregon 38, 42 and 138W.
Oregon 138 east of Roseburg in the High Cascades has seen minor rock slides at lower elevations to heavy snow, with power outages in the higher elevations toward Diamond Lake.
Motorists should:
*     Drive to the conditions- that means slow down
*     Increase following distance
*     Have chains or traction tires
*     Be prepared for delays
*     Consider delaying travel until conditions improve, especially on Oregon 138E

Monitor cameras, chain requirements and conditions at https://www.tripcheck.com/