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Interstate 84 reopened in eastern Oregon

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 18:51:33-05

Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon between Pendleton (Exit 216) and Ontario (Exit 374) have now been reopened, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

In the Columbia Gorge area, the freeway remains closed between Troutdale (Exit 17) and Hood River (Exit 64) due to heavy ice on the roadway -- and is expected to be closed throughout the Thursday, ODOT officials said.

Due to the lengthy freeway closure, there are few to no safe truck parking areas available in communities between Pendleton and Hood River. Motel rooms in these communities are reported to be booked.

Westbound travelers should plan to use alternate routes west of Pendleton, ODOT officials stated.

Other closed highway sections in Union and Baker counties include the Cove Hwy. (OR237) between Island City and Cove (MP 0-13) and Pyles Canyon Hwy. (OR237) between Union and North Powder (MP17-32).

Drivers are advised to be extremely careful and use chains when required.