Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

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Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
Length: 66.0 mi / 106.2 km
Time: Take three to five hours to visit this byway.
Fees: There are fees associated with parking for more than a few hours near trailhead markers. Also, permits are required.

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway cuts a path through the mountains, lakes, and forests of central Oregon. Volcanism and glaciation formed more than 150 lakes for which the region is well known. See outstanding examples of lava flows, alpine lakes, and meadows. Cross paths taken by such historic figures as Kit Carson.

The Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway (Forest Route 46) is a National Scenic Byway in central Oregon in the United States. It runs for 66 miles (106 km) in the rugged country of Deschutes and Klamath counties on the east side of the Cascade Range. It offers particularly good views of Mount Bachelor and provides access to many recreational facilities in central Oregon. The route is so named because it weaves past a number of small natural lakes along the Cascades, as well as several reservoirs on the upper Deschutes River.

The northern terminus of the route is in Bend, at U.S. Route 97. It follows the two-lane Century Drive Highway west into the Deschutes National Forest and past the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, then south along the Cascades into northern Klamath County, where it terminates on its southern end at its junction with Oregon Route 58, approximately 40 mi (64 km) southeast of Oakridge. Along the way, Century Drive (not the Century Drive Highway) turns east to Sunriver.

The Century Drive Highway begins at an interchange with US 97 (the Bend Parkway) in Bend. It heads west along Colorado Avenue and Century Drive, which it follows to the entrance to the Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, where Century Drive Highway ends.

The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway continues south along the west side of Mount Bachelor. Beyond Mount Bachelor Ski Area, the byway passes Todd Lake, Sparks Lake, Devils Lake, Elk Lake, Hosmer Lake, Lava Lake, Little Lava Lake, and Cultus Lake. South of Crane Prairie Reservoir, the two routes split, with the scenic byway continuing to head south towards its terminus at Oregon Route 58. Century Drive instead heads back to the east, north of the Wickiup Reservoir, and then heads northeast parallel to the western shore of the Deschutes River. It eventually crosses the river, runs north for several miles, and then terminates at an intersection with US 97 near the resort community of Sunriver.

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Oregon I-5 Construction at Kuebler Exit Will Result in Traffic Delays

Oregon I-5 Construction at Kuebler Exit Will Result in Traffic Delays

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports construction of the Kuebler exit on I-5 (MP 250.15 to 251.76) will result in minor traffic delays (under 20 minutes)

Be aware of increased construction activity around the interchange, proceed with caution through the work zone and obey posted speed limits.

The I-5 Kuebler Interchange Project will address the increasing congestion at the interchange by modifying the existing southbound off ramp, which will decrease the conflicts at Kuebler that have caused back-ups on I-5 southbound. The new ramp will meet modern standards and contain excess capacity. The project will also add a westbound to southbound I-5 loop on ramp and modify the eastbound to southbound I-5 on ramp.


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California I-5 Corridor Improvements Thru December 31

California I-5 Corridor Improvements Thru December 31

To help you get to your holiday destinations as quickly and easily as possible, there will be no scheduled construction closures on California I-5  from Dec. 24 at 6 a.m. to Dec. 27 at midnight, and from Dec. 31 at 6 a.m. to Jan. 3 at midnight.

Construction activities and closures are subject to change. Work will occur during daytime hours unless otherwise noted.

– Alameda Avenue Northbound and Southbound I-5 Ramps: Constructing drainage inlets.

– Buena Vista Bridge (Winona Bridge): Installation of falsework on southbound side. Work on lower part of bridge structure (forming soffit and stems) for southbound I-5 widening.

– Buena Vista Ramps: Paving operation between the ramps.

– Intermittent closures of the northbound I-5 Alameda Avenue off- and on-ramps from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

– Intermittent closure of the southbound I-5 Burbank Boulevard off-ramp for equipment loading (night work).


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All Lanes of Northbound I-5 Near Woodland Washington to Reopen by Late January

All Lanes of Northbound I-5 Near Woodland Washington to Reopen by Late January

The Washington State DOT reports that work to reopen the third and final lane of northbound Interstate 5 near Woodland and the Dike Access Road on-ramp will begin after the New Year and will be complete by the end of January.

Emergency contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will use a series of rock anchors to stabilize the hillside that dumped debris, trees and car-sized boulders onto I-5 on Dec. 9. The landslide closed all northbound lanes of the highway. Crews reopened two lanes on Dec. 10.

“We’ve been monitoring the hillside for additional movements and also gathered geological data for our repair plan,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Susan Fell. “We’re moving quickly to get the right materials, equipment and experienced personnel to complete this highly technical and very specialized work.”

Project details

WSDOT geotechnical engineers designed the rock anchor repair for this project. Crews will drill a series of holes into the hillside, and then insert and grout 50-foot-long steel rods in each hole. Similar work has been used on WSDOT rockfall protection projects statewide.

The hillside work will not affect the two northbound lanes that reopened on Dec. 10, though a reduced 60 mph speed limit will remain in effect.

The repairs cost approximately $700,000, and will be paid for with Federal Highway Administration emergency funds.


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I-95 Ramp and lane Closures in Northern Florida Thru January 3

I-95 Ramp and lane Closures in Northern Florida Thru January 3

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following ramp and lane restrictions on I-95 in Duval and St. Johns County thru January 3, 2016.

Duval County

Nighttime lane closures on I-95 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Park Avenue to Atlantic Boulevard for road work.

Complete nighttime road closure on I-95 southbound access road to Atlantic Boulevard from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for roadway construction. Detour to either the Acosta Bridge, Main Street Bridge to Museum Circle or Museum Circle westbound to San Marco Boulevard. Continue on to Prudential Drive, Kings Avenue, Philips Highway and Emerson Street back to I-95.

I-95 access road from northbound Philips Highway to Atlantic Boulevard is closed for approximately four months. Detour is Kings Avenue which is modified to provide two-way travel between Philips Highway and Atlantic Boulevard.

Daytime lane closures on Atlantic Boulevard at I-95 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Kings Avenue to Old Hickory Road for work on the I-95 Overland Bridge project.

Continuous lane closures on Gary Street between Palm Avenue and San Marco Boulevard for bridge construction.

Most work will be suspended from December 24 until January 4 for the holidays, unless noted, in which work allowed will not impact traffic. FDOT offices are closed December 24-25 and January 1.

Nighttime lane closures on I-95 over Butler Boulevard Sunday through Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for debris removal, surveying and construction of temporary roadway.

Most work will be suspended from December 24 until January 4 for the holidays, unless noted, in which work allowed will not impact traffic. FDOT offices are closed December 24-25 and January 1.

St. Johns County

Daytime shoulder closures December 21-23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from County Road 210 to U.S.1 for work on the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

Most work will be suspended from December 24 until January 4 for the holidays, unless noted, in which work allowed will not impact traffic. FDOT offices are closed December 24-25 and January 1.


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