historic columbia river highway

Armed vigilantes set up roadblocks on the Historic Highway in Corbett

Avatar 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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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’

Avatar 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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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…]

New ODOT guardrails on Historic Highway make cycling more dangerous

Avatar by on June 29th, 2020 at 3:11 pm

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

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Some sections of Historic Columbia River Highway/Trail have just re-opened

Avatar by on May 27th, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Women’s Forum is now open, which means you’ve got access to a water source and this amazing view. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Oregonian: $9 million award for couple hit while biking in the Gorge

Avatar by on December 19th, 2019 at 10:47 am

Screen grab from The Oregonian.

The Oregonian reported earlier this week that a jury has awarded more than $9 million to a couple who were hit by a truck driver while biking on I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge.

According to The O, the collision happened in 2016 when Eric Moutal and Andrea Newman (both from Vancouver, BC) were biking to Portland on the westbound shoulder of the Interstate about seven miles east of Cascade Locks (near Wyeth Trailhead at mile post 52). Eric suffered severe injuries to his leg.

When I read about this case, two big things stood out to me.
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Wind Mountain Overlook will be completed with help from local cycling club

Avatar by on December 2nd, 2019 at 2:41 pm

The 1,800 foot Wind Mountain in the distance as seen from the in-progress overlook.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland).

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