Holiday weekend traffic: Tunnel closure Monday night

Holiday weekend traffic: Tunnel closure Monday night
Work continues on the Salt Creek Tunnel on Highway 58 east of Oakridge

OAKRIDGE, Ore. - Heading east over the mountains this holiday weekend? Plan ahead to make sure you can get home.

The Salt Creek Tunnel on Oregon Highway 58 east of Oakridge will close to all traffic at 8 p.m. Monday, September 2, and reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

That means campers coming home from Waldo and Odell lakes and motorists headed for Interstate 5 from Highway 97 need to synchronize their watches to avoid a lengthy detour.

Motorists who do find themselves on the wrong side of the tunnel Monday night can get home via Highway 126 to the north or Highway 138 to the south.