Clearing McKenzie

An Oregon Department of Transportation snowblower clears snow Monday from McKenzie Pass on state Highway 242 near Dee Wright Observatory at the summit of the pass.

Peter Murphy of ODOT says the scenic highway will be “open to motor vehicles not before June 16.” Right now the roadway is open to foot and nonmotorized vehicle traffic, with caution advised due to work still in progress and the possibility of ODOT vehicles being on the road.

As far as other seasonal roads in the region, the gate to East and Paulina lakes will be closed until May 2, according to Deschutes County Road Department operations manager Tom Shamberger, and the Cascade Lakes Highway opens today at Deschutes Bridge but will remain closed from Elk Lake to Mt. Bachelor ski area. That section will open by Memorial Day at the latest, Shamberger says.