Release: ODOT To Close Old McKenzie Pass Highway

From Oregon Department of Transportation, Thursday, Oct. 28, 9:59 a.m.

BEND — With snow in the Oregon Cascades upon us, maintenance managers with the Oregon Department of Transportation have made the decision to close the entire Old McKenzie Pass Highway, OR 242, for the winter/snow season effective Monday, November 1. 

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The west side of McKenzie Pass Highway was closed on October 19.

ODOT’s records indicate that the earliest closure of the Old McKenzie Pass Highway occurred on October 18, 1996. The latest closure happened on January 10, 1939.

For more information, visit the McKenzie Highway website. For current road conditions, visit

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