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Vandals breaching Multnomah Falls bridge closed from boulder blast

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COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OR (KPTV) -

Signs and fencing blocking people from walking on a bridge that was blasted by a boulder have been repeatedly vandalized, creating potentially dangerous situations at Multnomah Falls.

A boulder smashed through part of the Benson Bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 9.

The bridge was closed for safety reasons. Repair work is underway and the goal is to have the bridge open again by Memorial Day.

However, Forest Service workers said people are still illegally going into the closed-off area.

The fencing blocking entry has been vandalized and signs informing visitors about the closure have been removed at both Multnomah Falls and the Wahkeena Trailhead.

Workers said it not only creates a dangerous situation for people in the area, but it also uses up limited employee resources to monitor, repair and replace the signs and fencing.

Forest Service workers said the situation has already resulted in the need for search and rescue operations in the area.

While the popular Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls hiking loop is impassable due to the bridge closure, as well as the hike to the top of the falls, Larch Mountain trail #441 up to the closure at Benson Bridge still offers great views

The Multnomah Falls lodge and visitor center also remain open for business.

No one was injured when the boulder hit the bridge, which was built in 1915 and is considered one of the most photographed bridges in the state.

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