PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — No additional cleanup occurred on Monday to remove debris from the Historic Columbia River Highway after a landslide last Thursday.
Workers were able to remove 32 truck loads from the highway on Saturday. However, debris were still falling from the hillside on Sunday, so the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) delayed the rest of the clean up until Monday.
Rock removal was further delayed Monday though because ODOT said arrangements must be made to secure additional equipment.
Don Hamilton with ODOT said a high reach excavator is needed to bring down two large rocks that are about 125 feet above the original slide. The loose rock must be removed from the wall to ensure the safety of crews who will finish clearing the road below.
Less than half the debris has been removed so far, ODOT said
Hamilton said there was no estimate as to when the excavator or when the road will reopen but added ODOT hopes to have it opened later in the week.