- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Transportation Department officials say cleanup of a rockslide blocking a section of the Historic Columbia River Highway east of Portland will resume Saturday.

On Friday, rockfall specialists in a lift bucket inspected the 120-foot-tall wall at the site.

On Saturday, rock scalers from Hi-Tech Construction of Forest Grove may begin rappelling down the wall to remove any remaining loose rock.

Then crews will haul the rock away, clear the road and check it for damage.

State highways spokesman Don Hamilton said about 1,000 cubic yards of rock and dirt fell Thursday morning.

The Transportation Department says the slide is west of the Stark Street Bridge, which remains open and allows travel between Troutdale and Corbett.

There is no estimated time for reopening.


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