January 28, 2021 For more information: Lou Torres, 503-986-2880
Numerous work zones remain for wildfire debris cleanup
SALEM—A stretch of OR 22 through the Santiam Canyon that has been reduced to 40 miles per hour following the wildfires in early September will continue at the reduced speed until at least the end of June.
Significant work continues along OR 22 where wildfires in early September severely impacted communities in the Santiam Canyon. There are still numerous work zones for the massive wildfire debris cleanup and the reduced speed is to help protect the many workers in the area.
The speed limit has been reduced since September 7 between Gates (milepost 33) and Pamelia Creek Road (milepost 63).
Additional speed limit signs have been added to remind motorists of the reduced speed, and local law enforcement has increased patrols. Travelers are urged to obey the posted speed limits and still use extreme caution while traveling through the burn area. Anyone traveling through the Santiam Canyon should add more travel time.
In addition to the ongoing work zones, hazards to travelers include roadside log decks and slash piles from hazard tree removal, as well as the potential for erosion and falling rocks. With the active rainy season, slides and debris flows are a particular concern especially in areas where the vegetation, tree roots and underbrush have been stripped away.
Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones.