Highway 30 landslide near Astoria

Highway 30 landslide near Astoria, photo courtesy ODOT

ASTROIA, OR (KPTV) - All lanes of Highway 30 were set to reopen Friday night after a landslide early Monday morning.

The slide brought mud and rocks onto the roadway at 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The highway was initially closed for an hour before crews were able to temporarily reopen the road. However, more extensive repairs were required and ODOT reported that the road was closed indefinitely. One lane reopened by 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The area has remained down to one lane with flaggers controlling two-way traffic since that time.

On Friday, crews reported that all lanes were expected to reopen by 7 p.m.

Crews have been removing tons of dirt and debris, according to ODOT, and conducting mitigation efforts to reduce the potential for future slides.

Travelers along coast range roads should always drive with caution, especially this time of year, according to transportation officials.

ODOT released a photo of a truck covered in mud by the slide Monday. There were no reports of injuries due to the slide, however.

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(3) comments

Beyondthewhy

Odd that the slide happened after the area had been completely clear cut, you'd think that once all the trees were all logged the hillside would be much more stable, not!!!!

Just curious

[scared]Oregon Department of Transportation should have had their head examined for failure to see a landslide in the makings when they put this part of the highway in.

Native Born

They also should have their safety protocols greatly improved for contracted workers! Was shocked to see the excavator at the top of the slide area! Extremely dangerous & you would not catch us up there for any amount of $$ in the world! Will never forget how a highway engineer died in the HWY 26 tunnel collapse.

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