TROUTDALE, Ore. -- The Historic Columbia River Highway reopened Tuesday after being closed for nearly three weeks.
A quarter-mile section of the road closed just north of the Stark Street Bridge on June 5, after about 1,000 cubic yards of rock slide off a cliff and crashed onto the highway.
Since then Oregon Department of Transportation crews have been busy removing rocks and patching the road.
ODOT also installed a new concrete barrier and a eight-foot-high fence along the highway, according to ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton. A mesh screen will also be added along the cliff face at some point in the future.
The area is prone to slides, according to nearby residents. The Columbia River Gorge saw a spate of slide activity over the winter due to cold weather and heavy rains.
Cranes also brought down additional loose debris from the cliff. All told, about 4,400 cubic yards of material was removed from the area, Hamilton said.