Crater Lake Highway construction through June 27

Drivers between Trail and Casey State Park should budget extra time through June 27 due to roadwork on six miles of Crater Lake Highway, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Beginning 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday and continuing for the next week, except weekends, traffic should expect up to 20-minute delays and slow speeds in the work zone.

Crews will chip-seal the road surface on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Chip seals are performed, at a relatively low cost, on asphalt pavement to extend the life of the road surface. As the name implies, rock chips are sealed into the roadway surface, according to the release.

It begins with a swept lane of travel which is coated with oil. The surface is then immediately covered with rock chips. Rubber-tired rollers compact the rock into the new surface. Traffic is soon allowed onto the surface to further compact the rock into the surface.

Later, excess rock is swept from the road and a sealant is applied before the new surface is restriped.

Sweeping of the loose chips is planned for Thursday and Friday, the release said. Sealing the pavement is planned for June 24-25.

This project was planned for last August, but was canceled for safety due to wildfires in the area, according to the release.

The two week project will be performed by Jackson County Roads and ODOT crews.

Authorities searching for Oregon City man

Authorities on Tuesday were still searching for an Oregon City man who fell into Lake Billy Chinook on Friday.

Patricio Pineda, 52, was attempting to dive off a pontoon boat when he hit his head before going into the water, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins. Pineda was not wearing a life jacket and sunk out of sight before his friends could reach him.

The area where Pineda entered the water is about 275 feet deep.

Adkins said Search and Rescue boats continue to patrol the area. Outside experts with special equipment have been contacted to assist, Adkins said.

“I do not have confirmation as to when any outside agency will arrive to assist us,” Adkins said.

This is the second man to be presumed drowned in Central Oregon within a week. Authorities continue to look for Michael Mead, 29, of Bend. He was in a canoe that capsized Thursday at Wickiup Reservoir.

— Staff and Wire