FLORENCE, Ore. – A stretch of Highway 101 is closing for road repairs starting Wednesday.
Oregon Department of Transportation officials say the section from Yachats to Florence will be shut down to traffic between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for two weeks.
Crews will be building a retaining wall to shore up a shifting portion of the road just south of Cape Perpetua.
Drivers can turn around at the Sea Lion Caves and at Cooks Chasm if they approach the closure.
Locals will be able to access the road beyond the closures on either side during the day.
Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., traffic will be flagged through the area in the northbound lane.
ODOT said once the project is complete, the road will completely close for several days for a drill rig to be recovered from the rocks below. A 200-ton crane will block the entire road and there will be no access through at any time.
On Feb. 12, during a repair project, the northern half of a historic retaining wall collapsed. An employee of GeoStabilization International and the drill rig he was operating fell about 150 feet to the rocks below. The employee is recovering from his injuries.
A crack in the road was reported in January.
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