Crews shut down a five-mile stretch of state Route 7 in Eatonville on Monday so they can build a debris-containment wall to ward off landslides such as the one that closed down the highway last year.
The closure will be between Alder and La Grande. About 1,600 drivers use this stretch of road daily, according to the state Department of Transportation.
A detour leading traffic down state Route 161 and Alder Cutoff Road will be in place through November. The detour will add 15 minutes to trips through the area, according to the Transportation Department.
Crews are building a permanent containment wall to replace the temporary one constructed after a landslide dumped more than 300 cubic yards of debris on state Route 7 in April.
The road will reopen twice — for the Morton Loggers Jubilee, Aug. 8-13, and for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. email@example.com