Clackamas River Drive to Remain Closed Due to Continuing Slide Risk

Clackamas River Drive will remain closed for the foreseeable future to protect travelers from an unstable slope, officials said this week. A reopening date has not been set.

The road was closed in late December because of a landslide at milepost 1.9 between OR 213 and Springwater Road, and there were additional slides during the first week of January.

The county closed Clackamas River Drive on Dec. 20 and road crews removed the landslide debris. More debris was removed in early January. Due to the unstable slope there is a risk of additional slides in the area.

Road crews and other experts, including engineers and geologists, are assessing the hillside in the area and expect to determine appropriate next steps in the coming weeks.

“We are currently monitoring the slide area, and will open Clackamas River Drive when reasonably safe to do so,” said Shane Abbott, county transportation maintenance manager. “I understand this is creating an inconvenience, but the safety of the traveling public is my number one priority.”

All travelers are asked to stay away from the closed portion of Clackamas River Drive.

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