historic columbia river highway

Closed after Gorge fire in 2017, the Oneonta Tunnel is now open and ready to ride

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 6th, 2021 at 12:41 pm

(Left: East end of the Oneonta Tunnel in 2017 after the Eagle Creek Fire. Right: All cleaned up and ready to ride today! Photos: ODOT)[Read more…]

ODOT will seek funding to replace Eagle Creek stairs on Gorge path

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 5th, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Conceptual renderings of possible replacement of Eagle Creek stairs by David Evans & Associates.[Read more…]

New Hood River Bridge will have bike lanes, but will they be wide enough?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 8th, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Proposed bike lane on the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge from a presentation given at a Port of Hood River public hearing December 3rd.

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ODOT will build hiker/biker campsites at Viento, releases photos of Mitchell Point Tunnel path

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 9th, 2020 at 11:43 am

(ODOT renderings of Mitchell Point tunnel portals.)
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Armed vigilantes set up roadblocks on the Historic Highway in Corbett

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 18th, 2020 at 11:04 am

Three men were cited for an illegal roadblock at the intersection of Larch Mtn Rd and the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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The Historic Columbia River Highway is open again for your riding pleasure

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 11th, 2020 at 2:48 pm

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Along with an announcement today from the U.S. Forest Service (see below) that Multnomah Falls has begun a phased re-opening comes news that the last section of the Historic Columbia River Highway closed due to Covid-19 precautions is now open.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has officially re-opened the Historic Highway between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth. This means the entire highway and State Trail between Troutdale and The Dalles (minus the five-mile Mitchell Point section that requires riders to use I-84) is back to its pre-pandemic status. Keep in mind many of the trails and other recreation sites remain closed.[Read more…]

Checking ODOT’s work on those Historic Highway guardrails

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 14th, 2020 at 1:24 pm

The presence of the guardrail — installed in the middle of the paved shoulder — combined with the shy distance leaves only about 1-2 feet of rideable space.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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The Gorge is healing with less ‘invasive motor vehicle traffic’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 9th, 2020 at 2:58 pm

The Historic Columbia River Highway could be amazing — forever.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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ODOT is removing those dangerous guardrails on the Historic Highway

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 6th, 2020 at 4:49 pm

“That was the wrong decision and we are in the process of removing two stretches of that guardrail now.”
— Rian Windsheimer, ODOT Region 1 director

New guardrails on Historic Columbia River Highway along Sandy River.
(Photos by BikePortland Forum user amadeusb4)

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Homeowners along Sandy River defend ODOT’s bike-unfriendly guardrails

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 2nd, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Former biking space on Historic Highway.
(Photo: Forum user amadeusb4)

We’re still trying to learn more about why the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) installed three sections of guardrails in the paved shoulder of the Historic Columbia River Highway south of Interstate 84 last week. These guardrails narrow valuable space used by many bicycle riders and their dangerous placement increases odds of stressful passes and collisions.

The fact that ODOT did this without any public notice and on one of the most important and valuable cycling routes in the state is unconscionable and just the latest example of the agency’s negligent stewardship of our transportation system. We’ve reached out to ODOT leadership for further comment and clarification but haven’t heard back.

Since our story posted on Monday, we’ve read dozens of comments expressing grave concerns and outrage. Now homeowners who live along the road where the guardrails were installed are defending the project, saying the guardrails are necessary to thwart illegal campers and to make the road safer for drivers.[Read more…]