UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: The previously reported detour has been cancelled and Westbound I-84 is now fully closed again between exit 265 in La Grande and exit 216 in Pendleton.
East. Ore. – Around 6:30 a.m. on February 10, 2022 a crash involving hazardous materials occurred on I-84 westbound at milepost 219. Westbound I-84 is closed from Ontario to exit 216 nine miles east of Pendleton. There are no viable alternate routes for freeway traffic. This is expected to be an extended closure lasting several hours. Please find a safe place to wait till the route opens. The eastbound lanes are open at this time.
I-84 westbound will remain closed at Exit 265 in La Grande until late this evening due to hazardous material spill near milepost 219, (10 miles east of Pendleton). Hazmat crews are on scene but material needs to be transferred to an appropriate tanker truck, which is on the way from Seattle with ETA of 6 p.m. ODOT has established the following detour route to get westbound traffic moving and reconnected to I-84 near Pendleton.
WESTBOUND DETOUR ROUTE: Exit westbound freeway at Exit 265 in La Grande, then turn right (east) on OR 203 towards the La Grande airport. Turn left on Pierce Road (airport) and head north for about five miles to OR Hwy. 82 (Wallowa Lake Highway). Turn right onto OR 82 and travel 15 miles to Elgin. In Elgin turn left (northwest) on OR 204 (Tollgate Hwy.). Remain on OR 204 for approx. 40 mile to connect to OR 11. Turn left (west) on OR 11. Stay on OR 11 for 20 mile, then reconnect to I-84 westbound at Exit 216 (near Wildhorse Resort).
OVERSIZED LOADS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS DETOUR ROUTE.
The detour is currently open for backed up traffic stuck in La Grande. Once La Grande traffic has cleared out, I-84 westbound closures in Baker City and Ontario will be lifted.
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