CANNON BEACH — The road leading into Ecola State Park closed today after heavy winter and spring rains caused sections of the road to start slipping downhill, Park Manager Ben Cox said.
“The road was built over active, slow-moving landslides and we’ve long had trouble spots,” Cox said. “This year’s rainy season and subsequent ground movement have made the road nearly impassable and unsafe for visitors.”
This ground movement has created severe dips in the road that Bob McEwan Construction will begin to fill with compacted gravel surface Monday. The repair will cost under $10,000.
Pending any weather-related delays, the road should reopen April 20, Cox said.
Repairs of this nature have stretched back many years, he said. Cox added that state parks are exploring long-term solutions for the road. In December, heavy rains damaged temporary repairs made to the trail between Ecola Point and Indian Beach trail after a series of storms. The rains caused sinking and sliding on Ecola Park Road and erosion around the Canyon Creek culvert.
“There will periods of unexpected closures, especially if it keeps raining,” Cox said. “We are aware of the iconic status of park, and we’re making sure people will have access to the park as soon as we can.”