THE DALLES – An extensive rock slide just east of Rowena Point has forced closure of U.S 30, the Historic Columbia River Highway.
According to a news release from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the closure affects highway traffic in the immediate area only.
A large amount of rock fell from a wall next to the highway at about 7:30 Sunday night. No one was hurt.
Daylight revealed an extensive rockfall, about 200 feet long, scattered across the highway. Some of the rocks are so large that ODOT will have to bring in special equipment to handle removal.
In the meantime, ODOT is bringing in geology specialists to examine the area for potential future rockfall and to ensure that cleanup crews will be safe performing their duties.
Rock scalers will soon descend from the top to remove any additional rock that appears to be a hazard.
In the meantime, the historic highway remains closed to all vehicles, including bicycles, and hikers in the vicinity of the slide. The closure may remain in place for as long as two to three weeks.