ODOT: I-84 back open in eastern Oregon
UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): I-84 is back open in both directions in eastern Oregon following an hours-long closure due to flooding, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
For eastbound and westbound travelers, a detour is in place around the major flooding area from milepost 182 to 188 between Stanfield and I-82.
For the eastbound detour, take exit 179 to I-82 north, head east on US 730 at Umatilla to US 395, take US 395 south through Hermiston and Stanfield to I-84 eastbound at exit 188.
Th westbound detour is the same, in reverse. Exit at 188, take US 395 north through Hermiston, go west on US 730, then south on I-82 to connect to I-84 at exit 179.
The flooded area of the freeway is expected to remain closed for up to a week.
A large section of I-84 westbound closed is Friday between Hermiston and the Idaho border, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
I-84 closed westbound between Hermiston and Ontario, located at the Idaho border, due to flooding and related hazards. The freeway also closed eastbound between Hermiston and Pendleton.
“Snowmelt, slides and historically high river levels are the factors causing flooding hazards and high water issues on and along Oregon highways and roads throughout eastern Oregon,” ODOT said. “Landslides are dumping material into waterways and ditches resulting in plugged culverts and water over the roads. Snowmelt and rain are expected to continue causing landslides and rising water.”
At 10:45 a.m., ODOT said the closures are expected to remain in place for a “significant amount of time.”
Once the water has receded, transportation crews will inspect the freeway to assess the amount of damage.
“Snowmelt, slides and historically high river levels are the factors causing flooding hazards and high water issues on and along Oregon highways and roads throughout eastern Oregon,” ODOT said.
For more road closures in eastern Oregon, visit ODOT’s Facebook page.
Officials recommend you check tripcheck.com amid changing conditions.