Landslide causes Hwy 213 in Mulino to rupture

MULINO, Ore. (KOIN) -- A section of Highway 213 that's been under observation since March 2017 is cracking faster than repair crews can patch.

The initial one-lane closure 2 weeks ago has expanded to a 2-lane closure. The hillside under the highway is sliding enough to have opened a seam about 6 inches wide down the middle of the highway.

"Over the past weekend we got a lot of rain and it caused more movement of highway 213 and so for the safety of travelers we are flagging traffic through the area," ODOT's Kimberly Dinwiddie told KOIN 6 News.

ODOT has put 3 drain pipes under the highway and hopes to have 40 in place by Spring. ODOT officials hope that will relieve the weight of the water that is pushing ground under the road down an embankment.

So far, no homes are threatened. A crack in one RV pad of a nearby homeowner is the only cause for concern.

"If things worsen to the point where we felt something was in peril we would certainly make a declaration and make a determination as to whether the building could be occupied," an ODOT spokesperson said.  "But we're not close."


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