Old McKenzie Pass

THE HISTORIC MCKENZIE PASS HIGHWAY CLOSES FOR THE SEASON

McKENZIE BRIDGE - With 6 inches of snow already accumulated on McKenzie Pass Highway and another 8-10 inches expected through Friday, the Oregon Department of Transportation will close Oregon 242 for the season as of 9 a.m. today.

Built in the mid-1930s, the highway became a seasonal scenic highway in the 1960s with the completion of the Clear Lake-Belknap Springs section of OR 126.

Oregon Dept. of Transportation crews finally completed blowing snow out of the middle of Highway 242 late Monday. However, according to ODOT spokesman Rick Little, "It is very important that early users understand they will likely encounter a layer of ice on the asphalt when temperatures remain near freezing and high water conditions when the temperature is warmer."
In addition, and very importantly, the extreme cold temperatures of the winter have resulted in the heaving of asphalt at two locations:  Milepost 72.01 and 75.03.

Collier glacierThe Northwest is facing increased risks from the decline of forest health, earlier snowmelt leading to low summer stream flows, and an array of issues facing the coastal region, according to a new climate assessment report.

UnicyclesMCKENZIE BRIDGE: When does riding a bicycle across the U.S. sound like kicking back? After you’ve done it on one wheel. That’s the opinion of 41-year-old Dustin Kelm after traveling uphill and downhill over 3,347 miles in 92 days.

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