UPDATED: Highway 230 closed, but other Southern Oregon roads OK

4:20 p.m. Highway 230 will stay closed until Wednesday, Dec. 26 at the earliest, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said this afternoon.

Crews made "a lot of progress" removing downed trees from the highway today, but there is still more to do, officials said. The highway has been closed since Sunday because of trees that have fallen between the junction of highways 62 and 230. Highway 62 is open.

10:05 p.m. Highway 230 remains closed at its intersection with Highway 62 because of trees that have fallen on the roadway.

Oregon Department of Transportation reports that numerous trees were down on the first 23 miles of Highway 230. Officials closed the highway Sunday.

Crews plan to clear the trees today, officials said. There is no detour in place while the highway is closed, so drivers should seek alternate routes.

Most other Southern Oregon highways are open, but drivers should expect winter conditions in the mountains. Vehicles must carry chains in snow zones, including Siskiyou Pass, Sexton Summit, Smith Hill and Stage Road Pass.

Chains are required on highways 140 and 66 over the Cascades.

See www.TripCheck.com for current road conditions.

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