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Chunk of Oregon Coast's Highway 229 Taken Out by Landslide, Fix Will Take Days

Published 01/30/23 at 5:59 PM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Chunk of Oregon Coast's Highway 229 Taken Out by Landslide, Fix Will Take Days

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(Siletz, Oregon) – A lengthy back route along the Oregon coast is partially closed today and will remain so for awhile, after a landslide took out a chunk of OR 229 – the Siletz Highway. (Photo courtesy ODOT)

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) said Highway 229 at milepost 18 is now closed during the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for at least a few days. This is a tight curve in the road flanked by a tall cliff on one side, which gave way early Saturday morning, shutting off the highway completely. It is just north of the town of Siletz, along the northern stretch of the small highway between that town and Kernville, near Lincoln City.

While closed during those daylight hours for crews to continue working, OR 229 will be open to one-lane travel at night from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., with traffic controlled by flaggers.

Crews must remove some 900 cubic yards that fell off the highway. This is an especially dangerous area because rocks are known to fall on occasion. ODOT warns there could be more rocky material tumbling down and that could cause further delays in reopening the highway. (Photo ODOT)

“Rocks frequently fall from the hillside at this narrow location,” ODOT said. “The road is closed during the day for safety as crews work. The road will fully reopen when the rocks are removed.”

This is the side of the central Oregon coast highway that connects to Lincoln City, but the southern portion – which is closer to Newport – is unaffected.

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Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

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