Feb. 13, 2021
For more information, contact Don Hamilton (Portland) 503-704-7452 or Kacey Davey (Bend) 541-280-2716
PORTLAND — Interstate 84 will remain closed in the Columbia River Gorge at least through Saturday night as conditions remain hazardous with blowing snow and frozen roads.
ODOT will evaluate the highway again Sunday and will re-open the road when it is safe to do so.
At 9 p.m. Friday, ODOT closed I-84 between Troutdale at exit 17 and Hood River at exit 62 because of blizzard conditions including high winds, blowing snow and ice. Gorge winds diminished Saturday but significant sections of the road remain blocked by snowdrifts.
ODOT is deploying numerous vehicles from around the region to the Gorge. These include plows, graders and high-capacity snow blowers that will be working through the night to clear the snow.
Hood River truck parking is full with About 500 trucks waiting at the Port of Hood River for the road to re-open. Truck parking is rapidly filling up in The Dalles and Biggs Junction as well. Vehicles waiting for the re-opening of I-84 should get safely situated to wait out the closure.