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Highway 14 reopens after 40 miles of weather closures east of Washougal

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: December 20, 2022, 2:00pm

East and westbound state Highway 14 were closed east of Washougal early Tuesday morning because of what the Washington State Department of Transportation called “whiteout conditions.”

WSDOT reopened the highway to passenger vehicles shortly before 10 a.m. but the highway remained closed to freight traffic between Washougal and the Hood River Bridge until about 2 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed all lanes of Interstate 84 between Troutdale and Hood River, mileposts 17 to 64, because of icy and windy conditions in the Columbia River Gorge early in the morning. The westbound lanes reopened around 9 a.m. with the eastbound lanes remaining closed, while crews cleared a multi-vehicle crash near Milepost 23. Travelers should use an alternate route if available or delay travel.

“ODOT crews have been using salt, deicer, sand and plows to make sure the road is safe. As an alternative route between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon, eastbound travelers should use U.S. 26 over Mount Hood,” according to ODOT.

For travel information in Oregon, visit TripCheck.

WSDOT advises travelers to use caution in winter conditions and be extra careful if planning to travel over the holiday weekend.

Road conditions could get worse before they get better this week with snow and freezing rain, along with a chilling cold front, in the forecast for laster this week.