Improvements will be underway this summer to the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) that connects the communities of Blue River on Highway 126 and Westfir on Highway 58. These activities will cause delays of up to 30 minutes in two locations. All roadwork will be south of Box Canyon (the halfway point between the two towns). Travelers who utilize the northern section of byway will not be delayed. There is a detour. Coming from the Blue River side, you can take Forest Service Road 1928 to Oakridge. It is graveled, but in good shape for a passenger car. Motorcyclists, trucks with trailers and RVs may have difficulties. There will be two full closures on the road, lasting up to four days each. One will be at milepost 2.4 and the other at milepost 10. These are necessary due to some deep culvert replacements. See a map and read the full news release here.
McKenzie River Trail: 20 minute Delays for Fish Habitat Improvement Project (McKenzie Bridge, OR) Visitors will encounter delays up to 20 minutes long on the McKenzie River Trail (#3507) beginning Monday, June 27th and continuing through Friday, July 1st. The delays are a part of a fish habitat improvement project in Deer Creek: there will be heavy machinery moving whole trees and therefore personnel will guide trail users through the project area... read more
Joe Harwood, Eugene Water & Electric Board: 541-685-7471
Eugene Water & Electric Board is investing in the care and maintenance of several structures in the Upper McKenzie area. The work will impact the primary access road to Trail Bridge Campground and Smith Reservoir with a closure beginning at 7:00 a.m. Monday, June 20. The road closure is expected to continue through 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 24.
During the June 20-24 phase of the project, no vehicles will be allowed past the powerhouse on Forest Service Road 4779.
A secondary access route to the campground, via Forest Service Road 655 to the Trail Bridge Bypass Road, will remain open only to high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles for the duration of the work...read more