OR 22 opens after overnight rockslide closure

Road reopened just after 2 p.m.

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Contact: Angela Beers Seydel, ODOT Public Information Officer, 541.505.2069

Detroit – OR 22 reopened to travelers heading through the Cascades just after 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Crews worked through the night to remove 300 yards of rock and mud blocking the roadway. The slope was also assessed for geologic stability. The final step was washing the road and installing barrier to protect the road and travelers from additional rockfall. Monitoring of the slope is continuing. 

The first of two slides at the site west of the City of Detroit, between the Brietenbush Bridge and Brietenbush Road SE, was reported about 5 p.m. Friday night. Crews had just completed cleanup at 6 p.m. when about 300 yards of rocks and mud slid down the hill, taking 200 feet of rock fence with it to the road. One lane of the road was fully covered, and rocks continued to fall through the evening. Crews began cleanup and worked through the night. Emergency vehicles were able to go through the area as needed.

Travelers this holiday weekend should check TripCheck.com and watch for reader board messages on their routes as conditions can and do change quickly. Know your safe and maintained alternate routes and have emergency supplies in your vehicle so you’re ready if you are delayed. 

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