ODOT is getting closer to reopening I-84 eastbound.
Loggers have removed 4,100 trees that were damaged by the Eagle Creek fire and could have fallen on the freeway. Some of the trees will be turned into mulch and spread on trails in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Scalers also continue working the hillside to remove loose rocks, so they don’t fall onto the freeway.
The area near milepost 52 is still too dangerous, so the eastbound traffic will be moved to one of the westbound lanes. ODOT needs to install a temporary divider through that area before the freeway can reopen.
The freeway could reopen late Sunday or early Monday.