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Rockslide: Historic Highway reopened

Crews installed a concrete barrior and 8-foot fence to catch falling rock


A section of the Historic Columbia River Highway reopened at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, culminating nearly three weeks of work since a rockslide fell across the road.

In the past week, workers have used cranes to bring down loose rock and to stabilize the 120-foot rock face and hillside in Troutdale.

Don Hamilton, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said crews have removed close to 4,400 cubic yards of debris, or 364 truckloads, off the historic highway just west of the Stark Street Bridge.

On Tuesday, crews patched the road and finished installing a concrete barrier. They also put in an 8-foot fence to catch potential falling rock on the hillside.

Hamilton said a new mesh screen also will be installed on the 120-foot rock face later this summer.

The highway was closed to all traffic between Woodard Road and the Stark Street Bridge after a rockslide the morning of June 5 caused about 1,000 cubic yards of rocks and debris to fall onto the historic highway, blocking the entire road along the Sandy River.

— Cari Hachmann



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