Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Rock slide repairs on State Route 14 in the Columbia River Gorge area will cause lane closures and delays this week between Dec. 28-Dec. 30, according to the Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT). The closures will occur at highway milepost 54.7, between the towns of Home Valley and Cook, and will cause traffic delays.
The work will begin at 7 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. each day. During the times the safety repairs are going on, motorists can expect 20 minute delays, with alternating one-way traffic along this stretch of SR 14.
The repairs are necessary to prevent rocks from entering SR 14 due to a recent destabilizing rockslide. The crews will excavate the loose rock from behind the existing rock wall adjacent to the roadway. This excavation will provide catchments for rocks before they enter SR 14. WDOT will use variable message signs to alert motorists to the delays at the Bridge of the Gods and in the immediate vicinity of the work area. Motorists can use I-84 as an alternative route.
Rockslides have caused deadly consequences in both Washington and Oregon in the past couple of months, including the fatal rockslide on I-90 west of Snoqualmie Pass in September, and a more recent rockslide on I-84 in Oregon. WDOT is taking precautions to secure this unstable slope and prevent possible damage to motorists traveling on the highway below, as well as to the adjacent railroad.