One eastbound lane of I-84 reopens after Columbia River Gorge rock fall

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 17, 2014 

HOOD RIVER – Rock falls are creating inconveniences for visitors to the Columbia River Gorge during President’s Day weekend.

After rock fall damaged a historic bridge at Multnomah Falls in January, another rock fall created closures and delays on Interstate 84 over the weekend.

One lane of eastbound I-84 reopened Monday morning according to the Vancouver Columbian. The road has been closed between Cascade Locks and Hood River since Wednesday forcing many motorists to travel east on State Route 14 on the Washington side of the Gorge. The slide included approximately 2,000 cubic yards of debris according to The Columbian.

Trucks and excavators continue to work on the Interstate to open more lanes.

At Multnomah Falls, west of the road slide, the popular tourist attraction’s 100-year-old bridge was damaged by a falling boulder on Jan. 9 and, according to signs, it is unclear when repairs will be made.

 

The Benson Bridge allows visitors to cross in front of the falls and follow a trail to the top of falls and other waterfalls in the area. The boulder took a large chunk out of the bridge, which is now blocked by a temporary chain link fence.  

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