PORTLAND -- Eastbound passenger vehicle traffic on Interstate 84 was reopened between Troutdale and Cascade Locks Friday evening, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
A section of the highway, closed since Wednesday night, was reopened after ODOT received numerous requests. Passenger vehicle traffic can now travel east between Troutdale and Cascade Locks and the Bridge of the Gods. The eastbound lanes between Cascade Locks to Hood River will remain closed. The lanes will not be open to trucks and RV, ODOT said.
ODOT closed the eastbound lanes of I-84 on Wednesday night at Troutdale after a massive rock slide blocked the road and nearly killed a driver.
Drivers had been forced to take a massive hours-long detour on Washington’s winding two-lane State Route 14. After a deadly crash on SR 14 Thursday, and the increased time and cost to truckers, many were upset I-84 east was closed starting 44 miles away in Troutdale, instead of closer in Cascade Locks.
"ODOT is adjusting the closure after receiving numerous requests for greater access to the area from residents of Cascade Locks and communities west of there," said Don Hamilton of ODOT.
Trucks and RVs will continue to have to go the long way around.
A second alternate route is U.S. 26 (Mount Hood Highway) to OR 35 and then north to I-84 in Hood River, Hamilton said.
Photos: Rock slide blocks I-84
The eastbound lanes from Cascade Locks to Hood River will remained closed through the weekend as crews continue to remove rocks and secure the cliff face. ODOT cautioned driver to be alter for possible short-term highway closures and severe winter conditions along detour routes.