BROOKINGS, Ore. —
UPDATE: The Hooskanadan Slide on Highway 101 north of Brookings continued to move on Tuesday, according to ODOT.
The agency said that the roadway was still buckling, moving about 10 feet “both horizontally and vertically.”
“The goal, once it slows down, is to gravel a portion of the highway and get it open under 24/7 flagger control,” ODOT said in a statement.
ODOT reiterated that commercial trucks should not be using Carpenterville Highway as a detour, and said that a checkpoint could be put into place on Wednesday morning to deter oversized vehicles.
(Updated 2/26/19 at 5 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: Highway 101 remains closed on Tuesday morning about halfway between Brookings and Gold Beach due to a “sunken grade,” according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
The closure is at milepost 344, about 12 miles north of Brookings. ODOT said that the spot is known to locals as the Hooskanadan Slide, which “abruptly shifted” following the storm system over the weekend and is apparently a chronic trouble spot on the highway.
“Hopefully, we can get a single lane open under gravel later today,” said ODOT District Manager Darrin Neavoll, “but given the nature of the sunken grade that maybe wishful thinking.”
Although the Carpenterville Highway runs nearby, ODOT said that it is a narrow and steep roadway and commercial traffic on that route — with the exception of logging trucks — is discouraged due to potential hazards.
“Through traffic should use alternate state highway routes,” ODOT said.