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ODOT opens two lanes on Highway 213 as it continues monitoring cracks

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MULINO, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation opened one lane in each direction on Highway 213 near Mulino Friday. The roadway was previously reduced to one lane after a landslide caused cracks to open on the pavement.

Flaggers have been controlling traffic on a single lane for a few hundred yards near South Eldorado Road since Jan. 22.

But, ODOT crews finished paving on Thursday that will allow traffic to get by in both directions using the outside lanes and shoulders.

ODOT plans to continue monitoring the road daily and expects additional paving will be necessary to keep the road open before they come up with a long-term solution.

ODOT is measuring the movement of the road and they say they’ll close it completely if necessary.

Crews will install drains below the highway this week that will draw water from under the road.

ODOT invites the public to stop by an open house on the OR 213 at South Union Mills Road Safety Improvements project from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 13.

Representatives from ODOT and Clackamas County will be available to discuss the landslide, the repair work and the possible impact on the neighborhood.

The open house will be held at Arrowhead Golf Club in the Payne’s Steward Room, 28301 Cascade Highway, Molalla, OR 97038.

The cracks on Highway 213 first appeared in March 2017 after record rains. ODOT learned the road had been built on an ancient landslide.

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