Landslides close several Oregon roadways

Landslides close several Oregon roadways

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Posted on December 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 8:01 PM

PORTLAND – A landslide near the St. Johns Bridge partially closed Highway 30 Tuesday night, and crews in Marion and Lane counties were also dealing with loose rocks and mud covering major roadways.

Crews had the debris cleared by Wednesday afternoon and the road reopened.

A tree fell down and triggered the Northwest Portland slide, which sent an estimated 50 to 100 cubic yards of dirt onto the ramp that leads from the bridge to the eastbound highway.

The area has been a trouble spot for cleanup crews, according to Don Hamilton of the Oregon Dept. of Transportation.

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Wednesday morning the City of Salem reported a debris slide on River Road South. An estimated 20 truckloads of loose rock and mud had fallen onto the roadway and it was closed between Owens and Sherman. City crews hoped to have the road reopened in time for the Wednesday evening commute.

Highway 101 was closed north of Florence Tuesday morning for nearly eight hours while crews cleared a tree from the roadway. Meanwhile a huge boulder rolled onto the Florence-Eugene Highway at around 8:30 a.m., blocking traffic for about two hours.

Highway 20 also had damage near Trapp Creek Road, following a land slide on the shoulder of the highway, near the Yaquina River.

More: Landslides, fallen trees keep Lane Co. crews busy

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