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Columbia River Highway and Vista House reopen


The Historic Columbia River Highway and Vista House reopened Friday, Feb. 1, after closing for a highway restoration project.

The year-long project started by closing lanes of the highway in August 2012. Vista House, which overlooks the Columbia River Gorge, closed in October.

The closure around Crown Point allowed the Oregon Department of Transportation to restore a 600-foot viaduct surrounding Vista House, which is part of the Oregon state parks system.

Repairing the viaduct and its 29 deteriorating support columns was necessary to avoid placing weight restrictions on the road, which would keep tourist buses, RVs and other large vehicles off the road, ODOT said in a statement.

ODOT said occasional lane closures might be necessary during the final stages of the renovation project, which is scheduled for late spring.

Vista House will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the winter, weather permitting.