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I-84 back open in eastern Oregon, other routes remain closed

Truck blown over on I-84 in eastern Oregon
Posted at 9:24 AM, Jan 03, 2022

UPDATE: Eastbound and westbound lanes of I-84 are back open in eastern Oregon but other routes are still closed.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews are still working to remove snow on closed roads so they can be open again but snow and wind are slowing the process. ODOT says progress is being made on OR11 and other highway sections but it is not known when the closed highways will be safe for travel.

ODOT and county crews are working to get stranded drivers on the closed section of OR350 in Wallowa County to a safe location. Conditions may get worse this afternoon and evening and people are encouraged to stay home and stay safe.

You can check the latest road conditions in Oregon on TripCheck.com or in Idaho on the 511 Idaho website.

ORIGINAL STORY: The section of I-84 between exit 216 east of Pendleton and Exit 302 in Baker City remains closed Monday.

The westbound freeway is closed to trucks and through traffic in Ontario at Exit 374. Other roads are also closed, including OR245, OR204, OR11, OR74, OR331, OR332, OR334, OR335, OR350, OR351, OR339 and other highways, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Many city and county roads are also closed.

ODOT says if you plan to drive today in eastern Oregon, plan for long delays and pack extra food, water and blankets. People driving should not expect emergency response crews to rescue if you drive on closed roadways, according to ODOT.

The department is advising all drivers in the Umatilla County area to stay home as most state routes are closed due to high winds, whiteout conditions and snowdrifts across the road. Snowplow drivers cannot see the road well enough to effectively plow and plowing operations are postponed on many state routes in Umatilla County and other areas.

The closures could stay in place for several days on lower priority roads. Another snowstorm is expected today with more high wind conditions. ODOT crews are monitoring conditions and will continue winter maintenance operations and open closed routes when it is safe.

ODOT says to not drive on closed roads or through snowdrifts as you could become stuck and stranded with little chance of rescue until conditions are significantly improved.

For the latest on highway and weather conditions, check TripCheck.com or call 511/800-977-6368. If you are not in Oregon, call 503-588-2941.