ODOT Says When I-84 Can Open Westbound Lanes Will Open First

Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale remains closed.  The Oregon Department of Transportation affirmed that when the freeway can be reopened, Interstate 84 westbound lanes will open first.  ODOT has removed about 2,500 trees that were in danger of falling onto I-84, but about 1,000 remain to be removed.  ODOT’s Don Hamilton says a couple of things have to happen before any part of the freeway can open:  first the road has to be safe, and then Eagle Creek Fire officials have to give clearance.  Eastbound lanes are probably still a week away from being opened.  The biggest impediment to re-opening the I-84 eastbound lanes is the threat of falling rocks, mostly around the Toothrock Tunnel.  The work is slow in steep, difficult terrain and reaches high up the hillside.  The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed with no schedule to reopen.