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UPDATE: N. Oregon Coast Road Closure Near Wheeler Continues Thursday

Published 04/19/22 at 7:42 PM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

N. Oregon Coast Road Closure Near Wheeler Today, Maybe Thursday

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(Wheeler, Oregon) – Look for a major road closure along Highway 101 on the north Oregon coast just south of Wheeler on Tuesday (April 19), as Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews work on a landslide area. The work has been extended to Thursday as well.

ODOT said travelers should expect detours on April 19 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Crews will be shoring up the hillside about milepost 47 and other areas with screen mesh to contain the rocks from this active landslide area.

Yet there are now more detours this week on this part of the north Oregon coast.

“Crews will return Thursday, April 19, to finish installing rock containment screens. The road is closed until 7 p.m.” ODOT said.

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This spot is where landslides took a heavy toll on the road just south of Wheeler back on March 15. The road was closed for more than 24 hours as crews worked to clean up a major debris field and stabilize the slope. Since then, traffic has been flagged through one lane only in this narrow stretch of Highway 101, with a concrete barrier blocking falling rocks from the roadway.

At the time, state geologists were cautioning that these debris flows could get even more destructive, carrying boulders and logs down muddy, watery hillsides. The situation on this rather tempestuous section Oregon coast highway could've worsened, but it didn't.

On these closure days, all traffic will be detoured through Miami Foley Road, elongating that route to and from Wheeler by more than ten minutes. Flaggers and signs will be present to point the way.

Pedestrians and especially those with disabilities will be provided with routes through or around the work zone.

“Maintenance and construction projects are part of ODOT’s commitment to providing a safe and reliable multimodal transportation system through meeting our strategic plan goals,” ODOT said. MORE PHOTOS BELOW

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