NEAR HOOD RIVER, OR - At 7 p.m. Friday, the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 opened to passenger vehicles at Troutdale, exit 17. The eastbound lanes will remain closed to all vehicles east of exit 44 at Cascade Locks, at the Bridge of the Gods, while crews clear a slide from the highway at milepost 61.
The eastbound lanes will remain closed at Troutdale to trucks and RVs. Trucks and RVs may continue to cross the Columbia River on Interstate 205 and the Glenn Jackson Bridge, which has four northbound lanes while the Bridge of the Gods has one northbound lane.
ODOT adjusted the closure after receiving numerous requests for greater access to the area from residents of Cascade Locks and communities west of there.
The change was made in consultation with ODOT's partners at the City of Cascade Locks and the Port of Cascade Locks.
One lane of I-84 westbound will remain open between Hood River and Troutdale; travelers should expect slow traffic, delays, backups and possible short-term highway closures until they get past the slide area.
A second alternate route is U.S. 26 (Mount Hood Highway) to OR 35 and then north to I-84 in Hood River. With rain and snow expected in the area, ODOT warns travelers to be prepared for possibly severe winter weather along this route.
No matter the detour used, travelers should expect congestion and slow traffic as these routes absorb extra traffic from the closure on I-84.