Highway 224 On Track To Partially Reopen

OR 224 remains on schedule to re-open by May 1 to Ripplebrook as work continues on the road closed above Estacada since the Labor Day 2020 wildfires. Forest roads up to and beyond Ripplebrook will remain closed.

Once OR 224 opens, visitors should expect delays as flaggers will control traffic in multiple work zones through the summer.

Much work remains to be done before road re-opening, including removing stacked trees, guardrail repairs and repaving.

Almost all national forest roads and recreation sites will remain closed in 2022 due to extensive fire damage. Only Hole in the Wall and Moore Creek Boat Access Day Sites will be open when OR 224 reopens.

What’s happening now

  • Crews continue removing logs stacked in various locations. Snow has slowed work.
  • Damaged guardrail replacement is nearly complete. Guardrails were needed at 11 sites in the corridor.
  • More guardrail was damaged by a new rockfall at milepost 42.7, as rockfall danger continues. That section is now being repaired.
  • Rock scaling continues.
  • A 1,200-foot section of restraining mesh was put in place last week by a helicopter and is being installed. Three more mesh sections may be needed.
  • Patching pavement holes continues. Rough Road signs will be posted in some locations.
  • Full paving of the road will take place this summer.

For forest recovery updates go to Mt. Hood National Forest fire recovery.

For road information go to the Wildfire Recovery website.

Source: ODOT

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