Crashes on detours amid Cornelius Pass Road closure

Washington County

Commuters have to take steep, windy detours while road work is carried out on Cornelius Pass Road

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Friday marked nearly a week since a large portion of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road closed for repairs and many people have reported an increase in crashes along detour routes.

Several of the detours are windy and steep 2-lane roads. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said there have been a couple of crashes on nearby Germantown Road since the closure went into effect on Monday.

Northwest Newberry Road is the main detour route drivers are encouraged to use. Officials said this is the safest route. Some drivers said they tried other roads but realized they were even steeper and more hazardous.

Large trucks are not supposed to use the detour roads but instead go around on Highways 30 and 26. Some trucks are permitted to take the detours to make local deliveries.

Work is underway to widen Cornelius Pass Road in some sections, install guardrails and soften some of the tight, hairpin turns as thousands of people use the road as a shortcut between Highway 26 and Highway 30.

The closure is expected to last until October.

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