Visitors check out the fortress-like Dee Wright Observatory and the vast lava landscape. Photo by Bryan Dorr, August 10, 2009.

McKenzie Pass, Dee Wright reopens

By Bryan Dorr
Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 10:10 am PDT

MCKENZIE PASS, Ore.-The Oregon Department of Transportation reopened the scenic McKenzie Pass Highway (Oregon 242) on Monday after most of the highway $4 million repaving project has been completed.

Motorists will once again be able to travel on the curvy, narrow former wagon trail cutting through thick forests and baron lava fields over the central Oregon Cascades.

The reopening also allows visitors to access the Dee Wright Observatory, a stone fortress-like interpretive site that offers a short hiking trail and views of the vast lava land and mountain peaks.

Motorists could expect some delays as finishing work is till being done.

The highway is closed during the winter. Vehicles over 35 feet are prohibited on the highway.

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