ODOT reopens Highway 126 after landslide

ODOT reopens Highway 126 after landslide

WALTON, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Transportation reopened the state highway between Eugene and Florence after crews spent Friday working to clear the roadway of debris from a large landslide.

ODOT worked with contractors to clear the main route the Oregon Coast and southern Willamette Valley for nearly two days, finally allowing traffic through at around 10:45 p.m. Friday.

Officials said that 500 to 700 cubic yards of mud, rock and debris flowed across Highway 126 on Thursday, blocking the highway between Mapleton and Walton. The slide also carried trees into the roadway, some ranging from 4 to 6 feet in diameter.

On Friday afternoon, the Oregon Department of Transportation said that their maintenance crews are making progress on the landslide. 

Tom Adams and Loren Ruark from KVAL News visited the slide on Thursday and again on Friday.

A detour was in place on Highway 36. Visit ODOT's website for the latest traffic closures.

The hillside was so unstable Thursday that the landslide made its presence known during an interview with ODOT officials.