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Crews Repair U.S. 101 Where Historic Retaining Wall Collapsed

Oregon Department of Transportation

Beginning Wednesday a section of highway 101 between Florence and Yachats will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for up to two weeks.


Oregon Department of Transportation crews are building a retaining wall to shore up a shifting portion of road at milepost 170.5. The work was already underway on the wall, which is part of the original coastal highway. But, last Friday, the historic wall collapsed, according to ODOT spokesperson Angela Beers-Seydel.

“When the historic wall collapsed, the drill rig and its operator went down on the rocks about a hundred, a hundred and fifty feet below,” Beers-Seydel said.  “Thankfully, he was quickly brought back up and is recovering from injuries and the work is continuing.”

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation
Highway 101 will be closed between Sea Lion Caves and Cooks Chasm between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for up to two weeks.


The closure is between Sea Lion Caves and Cooks Chasm, where there is space for vehicles to turn around. Local traffic will be allowed access on both sides of the closures during the day.

Traffic will be flagged through the area between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

ODOT is placing road status information boards on highway 101 at Newport, Waldport, and Florence and on highway 126 in Florence and Veneta. 

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.