200-ton boulder blocks Hwy 138 east of Glide
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GLIDE, Ore. - A 12-foot tall, 200-ton rock fell on Highway 138E just after midnight Thursday, blocking the road 10 miles east of Glide on the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway.
Oregon DOT started evaluating the slope at dawn.
At first, there was no estimated time for the road to re-open.
Motorists traveling between Interstate 5 and Highway 97 will need to use an alternate route.
ODOT recommended Highway 62 or Highway 58.
By 2 p.m. Thursday, ODOT reported good progress removing the rock.
"Roseburg contractor Weekly Bros., Inc., with the blasting service of Austin Powder, another Roseburg-based company, has reduced the 200-ton rock to rubble," ODOT said Thursday afternoon on Facebook. "ODOT estimates one lane will reopen late tonight."
Nighttime travelers are still urged to use alternate routes, ODOT said.
"More clean-up work and paving is necessary Friday and through the weekend, if not longer," the agency said Thursday. "Expect delays and traffic control once the highway reopens."