Landslide damages barrier, Highway 101 closed indefinitely in Oregon, USA
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Highway 101 will remain closed indefinitely to pedestrians, bicyclists and all but emergency vehicles 12 miles north of Florence.
Heavy rains, an active landslide and a failing retaining wall have resulted in damage to the roadway, Oregon DOT.
ODOT is taking steps to manage water accumulations near the roadway, which can contribute to slide activity.
Those steps, along with diminishing rainfall, may allow the road to be reopened to a single lane of traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car, ODOT said.
Any decision on partially reopening the roadway will not be made until Monday.
Travelers will have to choose an alternate route to the Central Coast. There is no detour available.
Northbound traffic is being turned around at Sea Lion Caves. Southbound traffic is being turned around at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park.
SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE: Pacific Coast Highway 101 will remain closed after a retaining wall adjacent to the highway failed in heavy rain, causing damage to the roadway, the Oregon DOT said.
The location is approximately 12 miles north of Florence in Lane County.
ODOT said engineers will develop a plan to address the wall failure and repairs will be constructed as soon as weather allows.
Travelers should plan alternate routes to Central Coast destinations, as there is no detour available, ODOT said.
The landslide comes on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Christmas floods, which caused widespread problems in Oregon.
HECETA HEAD, Ore. — A landslide closed Highway 101 just north of Heceta Head Saturday after the slide “compromised” part of the roadway and a retaining barrier, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
Officials said the Oregon Coastal Highway will remain closed at milepost 177 until geotechnical experts can assess the damage and handle safety concerns.
Transportation officials said the slide was caused by the heavy rains hitting the Pacific Northwest through the weekend.
Traffic heading north on Highway 101 will be rerouted at the Sea Lion Caves, while southbound drivers will be turned around at the Washburne Memorial Park (milepost 176).