A landslide on the ocean side of Highway 101 just east of the Whale Cove Inn is expected to be fixed within two weeks, according to Depoe Bay Public Works Superintendent Terry Owings. Owings said the big rains of January caused a big slump out just north of the pavement which exposed the main water line for the Miroco subdivision toward Otter Crest and a raw water line that feeds the Depoe Bay water treatment plant. Depoe Bay has other raw water pipes feeding its water treatment plant.
Owings said he’s getting in parts today and continues to work with ODOT on the specifics of the fix. He said “The exposed lines are being held by 20,000 pound test straps so that should keep the line right where it’s at. We’ve got time.” Owings said once all the permits are obtained and the rest of the parts in, work should be started fairly soon with the rerouting of the pipe complete within two weeks.
Owings said it was just by chance that somebody spotted the exposed lines high on a cliff overlooking the ocean. He said had the water main broken, it could have easily scoured out and washed away a big part of the highway.