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Gorge to reopen portions of the old Columbia river highway

The Eagle Creek Fire shut down a large portion of the old Columbia river highway.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2018 6:51 AM
Updated: Nov. 22, 2018 6:55 AM

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Fourteen months after the Eagle Creek Fire, the Oregon department of transportation plans to reopen a six-mile stretch of the Historic Columbia river highway  within the next few weeks.

The Eagle Creek Fire shut down a large portion of the old Columbia river highway. So far, 30,000 tons of debris have been removed from the highway and placed in an old quarry that was used to build Interstate 84.

According to odot, there will be some noticeable changes once it reopens including a 6 mile stretch that runs right through the falls, it will have less parking and more fencing.

And hopefully in the near future -- trails will reopen too. According to odot, the damage caused by the fire could even end up improving the hikes.

They did not give an exact date but odot said it’s expect the highway to reopen in the next few weeks.

They don't want the gorge to get flooded with visitors trying to get that first look.

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