News you can use from the Wallowa County Chieftain!
The center section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (aka Forest Road 39 or sometimes incorrectly called Oregon Highway 39) in Northeastern Oregon will be repaired sometime starting in August 2011. The road is currently open but there are small sections that are gravel only--the repairs made in summer 2010 after the road was damaged during the 2010 spring runoff. Next month that will change (finally!).
The 13 sections that will be paved are near the intersection of FR39 and Oregon Highway 86 and are in the seven miles between Lake Fork Campground and Highway 86 (at the eastern or Halfway end of Forest Road 39).
According to Mary DeAguero, ranger for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, the work will take about 10 days and traffic delays will be up to 20 minutes. The road crew is expected to begin work in mid-August 2011.
So, what does this mean for our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast guests? C'mon through--your Hells Canyon lodging will be waiting for you at the end of your scenic drive!