Eastbound I-84 between Hood River and Troutdale reopened at 1 p.m. Saturday Sept. 23
, 19 days after the highway was closed by the Eagle Creek Fire. The road was closed in both directions on Sept. 4 under increasing threat from the fire. The westbound lanes re-opened Sept. 14. All traffic, eastbound and westbound, is now open.
Because of continuing fire activity at Shellrock Mountain, eastbound traffic is diverted onto the westbound highway alignment by milepost 52. For a 1.2 mile stretch of road, eastbound and westbound traffic will each travel on one 18-foot wide lane in each direction. The speed limit on that section has been reduced to 50 mph. Speed radar signs have been set up to remind motorists of their speed.
This new configuration will be in place for the foreseeable future. No bicycle traffic will be allowed on this section of the road. The configuration change is necessary to move eastbound traffic farther from fire and treefall concerns along this section of Shellrock Mountain.