COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OR (KPTV) - A portion of Interstate 84 that was closed Thursday morning due to icy conditions has reopened.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed all eastbound lanes from Troutdale to Hood River because of ice and snow that accumulated overnight.

The icy conditions caused several trucks to spin out near the Bonneville Dam, according to ODOT.

ODOT said the westbound lanes remained open.

Crews used sand, salt and graders to smooth the road and break up ice potholes along the eastbound lanes.

Eastbound I-84 reopened just after 6 a.m. 

Travelers are asked to use caution and should expect winter conditions while driving through the Columbia River Gorge. Chains or traction tires are required from milepost 37 to 44.

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(3) comments

Double lung em

My feelings exactly

steveO

This just shows the State of Oregon's decision to use Salt on the roadways DOES NOT WORK. Whoever brought this practice from the East Coast should go home. We have done just fine here in Oregon for the last 50 years without Salt. It ruins your car from rust and corrosion, kills vegetation along the roads and contaminates the streams that the runoff goes into.

racecar57

I agree with you 100%. Deicer liquid is just as bad !! I have early 2000 vehicles that have serious rest conditions and they have never been out of the state of Oregon or near our coast either. If you have a 10-15 year old vehicle and it needs brake, suspension, or any underside work on the vehicle you can just about guarantee the the cost of repair will be double because of the corrosion, if you have had to drive on the salt or de-icer . Sand is far superior for traction and keeping roads open for safe travel. Sure sand can cause some paint damage but it will never render your vehicle unsafe because of corrosion !! Makes me sick these ODOT officals and dumb legislators think they know best when they clearly do not know the truth !! They think it saves them some money but it is at a much greater expense to the driving public on car repair !! What is really bad is the waste of the deicer used when there is not a true need for it !

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