Crews have been working hard to restore the Historic Columbia River Highway around Crown Point since July 2012. Due to continuing construction, the highway will remain closed between Larch Mountain Road and Latourell Falls through this month.
The closure of 2.5 miles of highway is in effect for all people and vehicle traffic,
Historic Columbia River Highway from Larch Mountain Road to Latourell Falls will remain closed through January 2013
Restoration of the Historic Columbia River Highway in the vicinity of Crown Point has been underway since July 2012 to repair the viaduct structure and retaining walls at Crown Point, as well as to restore portions of the highway between Larch Mountain Road and Latourell Falls. Construction is slated to continue through January, requiring the highway between Larch Mountain Road and Latourell Falls to remain closed until February 1, 2013. This 2.5-mile closure means that access to Vista House at Crown Point will remain closed to all pedestrians and vehicles, including bicycles.
Crews are restoring the 600-foot Crown Point viaduct that encircles the historic 1918 Vista House Building. Vista House itself, part of the Oregon State Parks system, underwent a five-year restoration completed in 2005 and is not involved in the project. The viaduct and its 29 support columns are deteriorating and, without restoration, the walls could fail and jeopardize the safety of both Vista House and the highway. Without repairs, the road could require weight restrictions, which could keep tourists buses, RV’s and other large vehicles off the road.
Work on the project is being done in two phases, with the first phase now scheduled for completion by February 1, 2013. A second phase is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2013. During this final phase, while Vista House will be open, periodic lane closures to all vehicles are likely. Specific traffic control measures remain to be determined. The Federal Highway Administration, Western Federal Lands Highway Division, is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to minimize travel impacts to Vista House visitors and other users of the Historic Highway.
For More Information: http://www.wfl.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/or/crownpoint
You can also download a PDF flyer with information about the closure.