TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) – More than a day after being closed because of icy conditions, all lanes of I-84 between Troutdale and Hood River are once again open.
The Oregon Department of Transportation closed the eastbound lanes around 4 a.m. Saturday after weather conditions in the Columbia River Gorge continued to wreak havoc on drivers. Numerous crashes have occurred. Hours later, the westbound lanes were closed. The west lanes were re-opened around 5 p.m. Saturday.
Travelers should still have chains with them and be prepared to use them, ODOT officials said.
Temperatures throughout the metro broke through the freezing point on Saturday. But warmer conditions in the Gorge took longer to develop.
ODOT continues to remind drivers to be aware of its snowplows.
“In a contest between a snowplow and any other vehicle, the laws of physics virtually guarantee the snowplow will win,” the department stated on its website.
It’s illegal to pass a snowplow on the right on state highways.