HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Oregon transportation officials say traffic will crawl along Interstate 84 through the Columbia Gorge through the weekend because of a landslide at a cliff near Hood River.
Traffic was down to one lane westbound on Thursday, with eastbound traffic blocked. Motorists were told to try detour routes north and south.
The landslide's total volume was estimated at 2,000 cubic yards.
Spokeswoman Kimberly Dinwiddie of the Transportation Department says rocks were still falling Thursday afternoon.
She says the plan is to have a contractor send up workers called scalers who will use a mountaineering technique — rappelling — to descend the cliff and knock down the remaining loose rock, so it won't be a danger.
She says the hope is to clear the road enough to open an eastbound lane Monday.