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U.S. Army corps of Engineers closes roads over dams for solar eclipse

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close several roads over Portland District dams for the total solar eclipse occurring on August 21.

In a press release, the Army Corps of Engineers said the following roads will be closed:

  • Detroit Dam and Lake: The road over Detroit Dam will be closed to the public from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the eclipse. The overlook area adjacent to the dam off Highway 22 will be closed from 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.
  • Green Peter Dam and Reservoir: The road over Green Peter Dam, including Billings Park on the east side of the dam, will be closed to the public from 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.
  • Cougar Dam and Reservoir: The road over Cougar Dam is currently closed due to ongoing construction, and it will remain closed through the eclipse.

The Army Corps of Engineers said many of their roads are prime locations to view the solar eclipse, but they want to ensure the public remains safe.

The dams will continue to operate as usual.

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