North Oregon Coast Highway 30 Reopens to Daylight Travel
Published December 12, 2022 at 12:15 AM
By the staff of Oregon Coast Beach Connection
(Astoria, Oregon) – Finally, those who wanted one route to the Oregon coast to be freed up will be pleased. (Landslide photo courtesy of ODOT)
US 30, which runs between Astoria and Kratskany, has reopened during daylight hours after being closed or nearly closed for almost two weeks. On November 29, 20 miles east of Astoria, a landslide covered and partially destroyed a road. The driver was not injured, but the slide caused it to be completely closed for a while, and eventually he had one lane reopened. That lane was only available at night, as the crew worked in the hills and needed daylight to slowly remove the landslide threat. This includes dangerous rocky scaling.
Now, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) said US 30 is finally open 24/7. Commuters taking this route to and from the northern Oregon coast will find it open in the morning for the first time in a long time.
However, there are still flags and delays that ODOT tells drivers to pay attention to. Occasional stops in both directions (alternating) as the crew and work equipment are still repairing the area.
Currently only one lane is open in each direction. ODOT said it could not estimate when the additional lanes would return due to the particularly large amount of material and debris still in these sections.
“This week we continue to scale most of the loose rock that is about to fall, as well as debris from the original landslide,” ODOT said. “The slide occurred on the evening of Tuesday, November 29. Since then, we have been working on repairs, including over the weekend, so that the highway can reopen as soon as it is safe for travelers and crew.”
As a precaution, ODOT says it’s essential not to use GPS to find alternate roads through this portion of the Oregon Coast Range. These are unmaintained roads and pose a considerable hazard during snowy months like this year.
In 2006, a man in San Francisco died of the elements after he and his family went missing while trying to track GPS on a different route from the southern Oregon coast.
Visit TripCheck.com before you travel. There, ODOT will post updates on road and weather conditions, closures, collision locations, traffic speeds, and related road conditions. ODOT also has a traffic cam. See also Oregon Coast traffic
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