50 feet of Oregon highway washed away

50 feet of Oregon highway washed away
A photo of the sinkhole forming under Highway 22W, courtesy ODOT

MIDWAY, Ore. – What started as a sinkhole has now washed away over 50 feet of road, closing Oregon Highway 22W between the Willamette and the Oregon Coast.

Earlier Monday, Oregon State Police were flagging traffic in alternate directions around a sinkhole as the Oregon Department of Transportation responds.

The sinkhole was reported to be 4 inches deep by 4 feet by 20 feet.

ODOT now reports that 50 to 60 feet of roadway has washed away, closing the highway between Dolph and Midway at milepost 12.

A detour is being established. | Current conditions

UPDATE: At 2:45 Monday we were notified that Oregon Highway 22W, also known as the Three Rivers Highway, had been opened to a single lane of travel at milepost 12, between Sheridan and the coast. 

Flaggers will control travel around the 50-foot erosion of the westbound lane. Travel will be in alternating directions Monday night and into Tuesday.