Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Road Near Newport Buckles, Crews Now Work on Oregon Coast Highway That's Still Shifting

Published 2/01/24 at 7:45 p.m.
y Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Road Near Newport Buckles, Crews Now Working on Oregon Coast Highway That's Still Shifting

(Newport, Oregon) – Not even two weeks ago this was a normal, stunning Oregon coast drive. The road between Newport and Depoe Bay – the portion of Highway 101 right around Beverly Beach – gave way to lots of the usual, gorgeous views. (Photo courtesy ODOT)

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; some specials in winter
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Some specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Some specials for winter
In Lincoln City:
Some specials for winter
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Some specials for winter
In Newport:
Look for some specials
In Waldport
Some specials for winter
In Yachats, Florence
Some specials for winter
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

Now, the road is way.

Recent rainstorms caused loose soil beneath the road and it recently buckled severely about milepost 133. One social media post showed a nasty crack across the road and a sudden dip, which was hard to see if you were heading north. That caused vehicles to actually catch air a little and hit the lower section rather hard. If you were coming north, it was also easy to cause damage going over that cracked road.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been working on it for the last two days now, but it's still a shifting road requiring a much lower speed limit.

ODOT said recent heavy rainfall all along the Oregon coast created this sunken grade, with crews now on the scene between milepost 133 and 134.

They are working against nature, however, as the road keeps moving on them as rain continues to saturate the ground. The area is currently covered in gravel, which requires crews to constantly keep redoing the road to keep it drivable.

“The speed will be lowered by 20 mph, making the speed limit through this area 35 mph instead of 55 mph,” ODOT said.

The Beverly Beach area between those mile markers is hit the hardest, ODOT said.

“As a temporary solution, we’ve applied gravel to the impacted section of the road to make it more stable,” ODOT said. “Since the ground is still moving, we need to wait for drier conditions before we continue to repair the road. This speed reduction is essential for the safety of drivers and work crews.”

However, the road keeps changing faster than repairs can be made.

When traveling through this part of the Oregon coast, ODOT said you should stay alert and be vigilant for any changes in road conditions.

“Exercise Caution: Watch for work crews and navigate the area carefully,” ODOT said.

Above all, stick to that 35 mph speed limit.

This area is prone to such landslides and shifts. In 2008, a winter storm took out six or more feet of cliff and road in some places around Beverly Beach, which caused ODOT to eventually move the road a bit farther inland and build another bridge eventually.

For further information on landslides, see ODOT's Unstoppable Slopes, Landslides, Debris Flows, and Rockfall

Hotels in Newport - Where to eat - Newport Maps and Virtual Tours


More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

Coastal Spotlight

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.

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Biggest, Wildest Oregon Coast News Stories of 2023: Whales, Cougars, Shipwrec...
Kiwanda self-destruction, killer whales, space, new sand phenomena, viral shark. Weather

Washington Coast State Parks Hiring - 300 Sought for Entire State's Parks
From the southern end up through the Olympic Peninsula

Oregon Coast Fin Whale Update: Sick, Weathered Orca Attack, Fishing Gear
A rare find, attacked by orcas, fishing gear, and very sick. Marine sciences

Washington Coast Clam Dig Dates in Dec, Jan, Feb
Long Beach, Copalis, Mockrocks and Twin Harbors to start with. Washington coast events

Suspected Car Thief Drives Off Slide Area on N. Oregon Coast, Car Catches Fire
The driver had disappeared from this wreck near Pacific City

Sea Turtle Rescued at Manzanita Dies, Says Oregon Coast Aquarium
Staff made it down to the beach quickly and found the Pacific green sea turtle. Marine sciences

7-Mile Stretch of Central Oregon Coast Road Between Newport and Seal Rock Pac...
Newport's South Beach to Seal Rock: Ona Beach, Holiday Beach, Booth State Park, Lost Creek and the undiscovered

Lincoln City's Glass Float Schedule for 2024: Almost 4,000 Dropped on Oregon ...
3,000 is just the day-to-day number; 900 on top of that. Lincoln City events

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on Oregon Coast Beach Connection
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted