Clackamas River Drive to Remain Closed through January

Clackamas River Drive will remain closed through at least the first week of January, the county has announced, to protect travelers from an unstable slope due to a landslide that occurred between Highway 213 and Springwater Road during the heavy rains before Christmas.

Clackamas River Drive is located in the northwest area of the county, near Clackamas, and follows the course of — you guessed it — the Clackamas River. The county closed Clackamas River Drive on Dec. 20, and road crews removed landslide debris from the road this week.

However, county officials said that due to the unstable slope, there is a risk of additional slides in the area.

The county says that road crews and other experts, including engineers and geologists, are assessing the area and expect to determine appropriate next steps in early January.

“With more rain on the way and the unstable hillside, we are going to keep the road closed for now to make sure travelers are safe,” County Transportation Maintenance Manager Shane Abbott explained in a press release.

County officials ask all drivers and residents to stay away from the closed portion of Clackamas River Drive.

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