Highway 18, 1/2 mile east of Otis
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Traffic is expected to be a headache getting to the valley from Lincoln City on Highway 18 starting Monday during the day. A section of shoulder and roadway support has fallen away, downslope to the Salmon River a half mile east of Otis. Flaggers will be directing one lane of travel through the road reconstruction area from Monday through Wednesday or Thursday according to crews on scene Sunday. Twenty minute delays are possible. The situation is similar to what happened to Highway 101 near Newport, just north of the airport several weeks ago.
It appears the flood-swollen Salmon River undercut the base of the riverbank which weakened a portion of the Highway 18 roadbed. Over time it just sloughed down and into the river. Crews will remove all the slumping material, then rebuild the hillside/riverbank with large river boulders at the base of the slide, slightly smaller boulders up from there, fill in with gravel and dirt and re-landscape. Crews say it should be done by Thursday, possibly sooner.
Again,watch for flaggers and backed up traffic. Allow an extra twenty minutes to complete your journey along Highway 18. However, if you don’t mind taking a gamble by taking a windy detour, here’s how to do it. If you’re heading west on Highway 18, you can turn north at the Rose Lodge Store and follow North Bank Road down along the river until it dumps out just north of the Otis Cafe. Likewise, if you’re headed east out of Lincoln City, you can turn north at the Otis Cafe, then just a quarter mile up the road turn right on North Bank Road and follow it east until it dumps you back out onto Highway 18 at the Rose Lodge Store.