Hazardous Conditions on South Jetty Road

January 15, 2021

Waldport, OR
– Visitors should be prepared for traffic delays and changing conditions on South Jetty Road near Florence, Oregon. Due to the recent storms, South Jetty Road has been partially washed out and is now down to one lane. Road conditions are being monitored regularly, but with more storms expected this winter, the road may become unsafe for travel in the next few months. 

"Safety is our number one concern," emphasized Garrit Craig, Deputy District Ranger for the Central Coast Ranger District. “We wanted folks to be prepared for the road conditions as they travel in this area. Over the last few years, South Jetty Road has been difficult to maintain, and the recent storms have made it more challenging. We are excited to share that we have received Great American Outdoors Act funding to address the maintenance and repair needs of this road. We're anticipating a project this summer to realign and resurface the road."

South Jetty Road provides access to beaches, fishing, OHV staging areas, and several day-use sites. Due to its location between the Siuslaw River and the Pacific Ocean, there is no alternative road to access the South Jetty area. 

The Great American Outdoor Act was passed in 2020 as a response to the growing backlog of deferred maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure on federal lands, including national forest and grasslands. The Forest Service currently administers more than 370,000 miles of roads, 13,400 bridges, 159,000 miles of trails, 1,700 dams and reservoirs, 1,500 communications sites, 27,000 recreation sites, and 40,000 facilities of other types.