Tree cutting slated in corridor

GRAND RONDE — Travelers may experience delays on a 10-mile stretch of Highway 18, west of Grand Ronde in the H.B. Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor, while crews remove ailing trees later this month.

The Oregon Department of Transportation will be working under an agreement with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on a project scheduled to run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 24-26, weather permitting.

Crews will cut dead and dying trees posing a threat to traffic along sections of the highway from milepost 8.5 to milepost 19. Most of the trees will be left where they fall to decompose naturally.

When crews cut trees that could fall onto the roadway, the highway will be closed in both directions for brief periods. Flaggers and a pilot car will control traffic.

Travelers should plan on delays of no longer than 20 minutes.