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Work continues to remove rockslide blocking forest road since last December

Crews have made progress removing the rockslide that closed a forest road last December. (USDAFS)

BLUE RIVER, Ore. - Crews have made progress removing the rockslide that closed a forest road last December.

Work to remove hazards from the cliff above Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) was completed in May, the USDA Forest Service said.

Phase 2 started this past week, with crews using a D8 Cat and 450 Excavator to push the boulders and debris into Cougar Reservoir.

The rockslide blocked access to Terwilliger Hot Springs, also known as Cougar Hot Springs, from Highway 126.

Over the winter, snow blocked access from the south via Highway 58.

The landslide December 21, 2017, brought an estimated 10,000 tons of rock down on the road.

The slide trapped 4 people who required assistance leaving the area via roads not normally open to the public.

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