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Most Clackamas County Roads Reopen

Drivers are advised not to drive around barricades, and residents are asked to clear driveway culverts‏.

Flooded road

(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) - As of mid-day Monday, January 5th, only a few Clackamas County roads were still closed because of the recent heavy rains and no county residents were "landlocked." County road workers have been on the job 24-hours a day since December 13th.

Officials say Henrici Road is closed between Shore Vista Drive and Driftwood Drive because of flooding that washed away a portion of the bridge approach. The recommended detour is to use Highway 213 to get between Redland Road and Beavercreek Road.

County engineers and maintenance personnel are assessing the damage to the road and the bridge to determine how to fix the road and when to re-open the road.

Lusted Road is closed between Marsh Road and Thomas Road because of a landslide. The recommended detour route is to use Bluff Road. As with Henrici, the County is assessing the damage to determine how to fix the road and when to re-open the road.

Clackamas River Drive is closed between Forsythe Road and Springwater Road because of landslides. The detour is on Springwater Road. The County expects to be able to re-open the road within the next couple of days.

Salmon River Road is closed between Fairway Avenue and Welches Road because of a landslide. The detour is on Fairway to Welches. The County expects it will take approximately one day to remove the debris and re-open the road.

Eagle Fern Road is closed at the Kitzmiller intersection because of a logjam against the bridge. The recommended detour route is to take Eagle Creek Road, Currin Road and Snuffin Road. Once the logjam is cleared, County engineers will inspect the bridge to determine if there is any damage and whether the road can be re-opened.

Heiple Road has one lane open. It was closed for 48 hours because of a landslide late January 1st.

County road crews removed 800 yards of soil to open one lane.

Road officials expect major repairs will be needed, but the road will remain open to local traffic.

The county is asking for the cooperation and help of motorists and residents to keep people safe and roads drivable, especially because there is more heavy rain in the forecast:

Residents are asked to clear plugged driveway culverts. Residents are asked to prune vegetation on their property that is hanging into travel lanes.

Motorists are advised not to move or go around road barricades.

Traveling on a prohibited road is a violation of state law.

Even if you think you can see pavement, there may be other risks that can't be seen such as damaged shoulders or roadbed washout.

To report any type of road damage, call the county's Pothole Hotline at 503-650-3262.

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