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Landslide closes section of Highway 101 on Oregon Coast

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A section of Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast has been closed due to a landslide. [Oregon Department of Transportation photo]

Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast is closed about 12 miles south of Port Orford after an early morning landslide Monday, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced.

Port Orford lies north of Gold Beach and south of Bandon.

The landslide caused a roughly 200-yard segment of highway to drop as much as 12 feet in some spots, ODOT said.

A section of Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast has been closed due to a landslide. [ODOT Photo]

As of Monday night, ODOT did not have an estimate on when the highway would reopen. There is no local detour on that stretch of Highway 101. The closure applies to regular traffic as well as emergency services, ODOT said.

A section of Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast dropped as much as 12 feet Monday, and there no local detours in that stretch. [ODOT photo]

Geotechnical crews are evaluating the scene and watching for additional movement, ODOT said.

ODOT said its crews first noticed landslide activity Jan. 2, when large cracks formed in the pavement. The cracks were patched, but by Friday, a sunken hole had formed in the northbound lanes, prompting a lane closure and 24-hour flagging for traveler safety.

Around 3 a.m. Monday, a larger section of Highway 101 sank about 5 feet, and ODOT closed the highway. The highway continued to drop through midmorning, although movement had slowed as of noon.

A section of Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast has been closed due to a landslide. [ODOT photo]

ODOT said landslides have occurred in the area since the 1980s. The last big slide event happened in 1993 and closed Highway 101 for more than a week.