Open-File Report O-09-01, BEACH AND SHORELINE RESPONSE TO AN ARTIFICIAL LANDSLIDE AT ROCKY POINT, PORT ORFORD, ON THE SOUTHERN OREGON COAST.
On December 31, 2005, a large crack developed across a portion of U.S. Highway 101, at Rocky Creek, approximately 2.2 miles south of Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast. By January 4, 2006, the crack had developed into a major landslide. In response to the landslide at Rocky Creek, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) engineers and geologists concluded that the entire fill section overlying Rocky Creek would need to be excavated, disposed of elsewhere, and replaced with much coarser fill material, which was eventually deposited on a beach nearby. This marked the first time this technique of creating an artificial landslide onto a beach had been tried in Oregon. 2009
by Jonathan C. Allan and Roger Hart,