OR 6 reopened after mudslide closure

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — All lanes on OR 6 were reopened late Thursday after crews worked all day to remove debris from a mudslide that caused the major state highway to close.

ODOT closed OR 6 (Wilson River Highway)  in both directions on Wednesday after a mudslide occurred in the Tillamook State Forest.

A mudslide in the Tillamook State Forest closed OR 6 (Wilson River Highway) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (KOIN)
A mudslide in the Tillamook State Forest closed OR 6 (Wilson River Highway) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (KOIN)

Oregon Department of Transportation officials said an estimated 20 to 30 truck loads of dirt and debris fell on the highway around 1 p.m. as a result of a mudslide about eight miles west of Glenwood at milepost 32.

ODOT crews said no one was hurt and no cars were damaged.

The cause of the slide is likely water related, said ODOT spokesperson Lou Torres. Since Feb. 1, the coast mountain range has experience above average rainfall.

He said slides like this one happen every year in the coast mountain range.

Crews said they were extra careful during the clean up to ensure they did not dislodge anything that could cause more slides.

The same stretch of road, about 20 miles west of Banks, is also the site of a month-long safety project designed to prevent slides.

ODOT crews and the department of forestry have been remodeling about 35 acres of trees with root rot to prevent driving safety hazards.

An ODOT spokesperson said crews will continue to remove trees until May to help prevent future slides such as the one that shut down OR 6.

Torres said the trees will be recycled.

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