ODOT is in the process of evaluating a slide that fell away near an elevated stretch of Highway 101 just south of Depoe Bay during the weekend rains. ODOT spokesman Lou Torres told News Lincoln County that there are no lane restrictions through the area and that traffic is flowing normally. However, they will have to figure out how to replace that “outside the guardrail” shoulder of southbound 101. It could involve a lot of rock and upper fortification. Torres says the slide is just one of many up and down the Lincoln County shoreline but added that they should have a strategy for a fix pretty quick. But exactly when they’ll physically start working on it is not known at this point. But he said “It won’t be long.”
City Engineer for Depoe Bay Brady Weidner, who maintains Depoe Bay’s primary water line through there says the slide involved mainly softer soils seaward of the pavement. Weidner says the highway sits atop a more solid footing of rock which is part of the face of Cape Foulweather.
Weidner says the old blue and white water pipes were no longer in use. Depoe Bay water lines to and from Rocky Creek, and to Morocco, are routed along the uphill side of the pavement.