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A fire burning west of Roseburg jumped its lines last (Wednesday) night, and has expanded to an estimated 600 acres. Here is an update on the Cable Crossing Fire.

The fire off highway 138 near Glide started Tuesday afternoon. Kyle Reed, with the Douglas Forest Protection Association, says it’s grown beyond their capacity:

Reed: “Our district covers 1.6 million acres. So with this fire growing in complexity and size we went ahead and brought in a team from the Oregon Department of Forestry. And basically they’re coming in to relieve our guys working on that fire.”

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Traffic on Highway 101 near milepost 130 closed highway traffic for approximately 7 hours Friday night. Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash involving a Mazda pickup and a tractor trailer carrying frozen foods. The driver of the pickup was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Good Samaritan in Corvallis, and then to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. As a result of the crash, 100 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the nearby ravine.

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Crews have cleared most of the snow from roadways in Oregon's mountain passes, but transportation officials are cautioning drivers to take their time.

Oregon Department of Transportation

US 101 will likely remain at a single lane of travel for as long as 2 months 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide this weekend damaged the roadway near Heceta Head.

Heavy rains caused a landslide that did extensive damage to the northbound lane of 101. One lane is open to traffic with flaggers and a pilot car. Rick Little with the Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers should expect a 20 minute delay.

He says the road will be restricted until a fix to the landslide can be designed and put in place.

Oregon Department of Transportation

One lane of Highway 101 is open for travel approximately 12 miles North of Florence in Lane County.

The lane closure is a result of damage to a retaining wall and the road due to heavy rain over the weekend. The Oregon Department of Transportation is working on the highway, there is no timetable for completed repairs or when the highway will be fully re-opened.

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After a tragic accident Thursday which killed 2 Mapleton High School students and injured 3 others, the state is looking at ways to improve safety on Highway 126. The road winds through the coast range between Eugene and Florence.

Little: "In this year alone, in 2014, we've had 10 fatalities. That's more than we've experienced in all of the past 5 years. And that's just unacceptable."

Rick Little is spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He says they're studying the highway to see how to make it safer.

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After two fatal crossover crashes on Interstate 5 in the past month, the State of Oregon is expediting a plan to add cable barriers to the unprotected medians.

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The Eugene Water and Electric Board will host the construction and utilities career fair Thursday for Lane County high school students. 

More than 500 Lane County high school students will have the opportunity to work in construction, utility trade and road maintenance for a day. Joe Harwood, spokesman for EWEB says the idea is to inspire young people to pursue this kind of career.

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Oregon’s highway system has about 35 thousand culverts built in to allow safe passage for fish. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, about one third of those are in poor condition and need to be replaced. But funding those repairs has become difficult as ODOT’s budget continues to experience shortfalls. An agreement between ODOT and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife could be a solution.

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For about six weeks, bicyclists can travel the seasonal highway over McKenzie Pass without dodging cars. Transportation officials plan to open it to motor vehicles June 16th.

Each spring the Oregon Department of Transportation plows one lane of the old McKenzie Highway to allow for natural melting of snow. Peter Murphy is Public Information Officer for ODOT in Bend. He says the road is not yet free of hazards.

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