Crews work to clear Highway 58 near Lowell after winter storm

The line of cars waiting to get through continued to grow Tuesday night.

Posted: Feb 26, 2019 9:23 PM

LOWELL, Ore. -- Highway 58 near Lowell was one of the many roads closed due to recent winter weather conditions, but there was hope Tuesday as crews worked to clear hundreds of trees, downed power lines and snow.

Crews were escorted into town to get to work on getting the power back on for the thousands of residents who’ve been affected by power outages during the storm.

The line of cars waiting to get through continued to grow Tuesday night. 

The Oregon Department of Transportation said they’re working as fast as they can to clear the road and they’ve already removed more than 200 trees -- ranging in size from 12 inches to three feet.

Crews are also using sand, deicer and some salt on the roadway. They’ve even brought in crews from other parts of the state to help out. ODOT said they were hoping to get a lot of work done on Tuesday with the calmer conditions.

KEZI 9 News talked to Oakridge resident Randy Colunga.

"I bought a generator in Redding because the power is out," Colunga said. "So I bought a generator, gas and all that stuff. I'm stuck down here. As soon as I get up there, I'm gonna start getting warm again."

Colunga said he’s been concerned about his girlfriend and family stuck in Oakridge. He’s been trying to get in for hours. He said right now they’re doing fine, but their phones are dead and he can’t reach them anymore.

He said he thinks people weren’t ready for the storm, and it’s a good reminder to be prepared.

A KEZI 9 News crew on scene saw a line of cars being allowed to pass through the area in addition to emergency vehicles.\

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