PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The first in a series of delays due to rock blasting near milepost 53 on I-84 happened Thursday, and future rock blastings could cause delays for travelers in between Cascade Locks and Hood River.
ODOT spokesperson Don Hamilton said they originally planned to do the rock blasting during the winter, but due to lane closures from the Eagle Creek Fire, they decided to gte it done now.
“This is a good time to get it done,” Hamilton said, “so we will avoid an additional closure later in the winter. We are going to get it done while this rerouting is in place right now.”
The rock blasting is necessary to build the latest segments of the Historic Columbia River Highway trail, connecting Wyeth and Lindsey Creek. Thursday’s rock blasting was a test.
The blasting site is the same location where eastbound traffic has been diverted into one lane on the westbound side to due debris removal from the Eagle Creek Fire.
ODOT said there could be as many as 7 rock blasts taking place once a week through mid-November. They also said they’ll announce the exact dates before they conduct the rock blasting.