River Road South Reopened

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River Road S has been reopened after a 6-day closure due to a landslide that occurred on December 23rd, 2021. City crews, with the assistance of local contractors, finished the necessary excavation of the hillside, removed the fallen debris, and repaired the fencing along the impacted area on Tuesday, December 28th, 2021. At this time, engineering consultants have determined that the roadway is safe for public use.

River Road South was initially closed after a landslide was reported blocking the north and southbound lanes in the early morning hours. The street has been closed to all traffic from Owens St. SE to Minto Island Road SE due to further slide concerns impacting local neighborhoods and business access. Heavy rains and saturated soils were contributing factors for the landslide and street closure. 

The City of Salem would like to thank the residents who use this roadway for their patience as these repairs were completed.


Due to continued safety concerns, it is estimated that River Road could remain closed for approximately 7-10 days. The small section of hillside is still unstable and could pose a substantial safety risk to anyone on the road below. With snow and freezing temperatures expected in the Salem area beginning Christmas Day and into next week, clean up of the rockslide along River Road S may not be safe until weather conditions improve.

Continued maintenance of detour routes around River Road S. will be a priority during the weekend and until repairs can safely be made.


It isn't safe yet to fully assess the situation or the amount of debris currently closing River Road South. Expect River Road South, between Owens Street SE and Minto Island Road SE to be closed for several days. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will be able to provide a better assessment and estimate on duration of clean-up.


River Road South in Salem between Owens Street SE and Minto Island Road SE is closed to all traffic due to a landslide. This closure will remain in effect while cleanup and geotechnical assessment activities are taking place. Detour route is Croisan Creek Road S.

At about 2:30 this morning (Thursday, Dec. 23) a significant landslide occurred on River Road South between Owens Street South and Minto-Brown Island Park Road South.

No injuries have been reported.

The nighttime estimate is that the slide involved 150 cubic yards of material in the catchment area, blocking the northbound lane and into the southbound lane.  One of the boulders is about 2 cubic yards in size. The slide is still moving and material continues to move. Once the area has stabilized, we will be able to provide a better assessment.

Current road conditions

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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