GLIDE, Ore. - A section of Little River Road in Glide was closed on Friday, December 1, after a rockslide left it too dangerous for motorists.
Crews said the rockslide initially happened in 2012, but when the cold weather hit this season it made conditions more dangerous and caused rocks to fall onto the road.
Crews are currently working on a short-term solution in order to get the road open as soon as possible. This solution consists of scaling back the hill and implementing security to keep the rocks from falling onto the road.
County officials said there are currently eight residents that live past the slide area on the road, and that section is also heavily used by the Forest Service and private timber companies, so getting it open as soon as possible is important to them.
They are looking at a more permanent solution that would consist of scaling back the hill more dramatically. This solution will hopefully begin to be implemented in the upcoming summer, according to Douglas County Public Works director, Scott Adams.
”Prior to this event, it was proposed for the summer of 2019 for construction, which leads to even more concern. We’d like to actually pull that schedule ahead and do it sooner if we can," Adams said.
For now, officials have set up a detour through Red Butte. They said it'll add about 20 to 30 minutes to your travel time, and it's a single-lane gravel road, so travel with caution.
Adams estimates Little River Road will be open again in about two to three weeks.