Vista House - Crown Point - Columbia River
Welcome to the roadside development page of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) website. The roadside development program is coordinated through the Geo-Environmental Section in Salem, in coordination with some of the regional offices. The roadside development coordinator is responsible for
- Setting statewide policy and program for Roadside Development at ODOT,
- Reviewing all projects in the state which propose variation from standard details or specifications,
- Providing technical expertise and advice on projects involving revegetation, hardscape development, visual resource analysis, and
- Continuous improvement of the program.
We work closely with environmental, design, construction and maintenance staff to develop projects which are safe to travel, economical to build, supportive of the local ecology, aesthetically interesting and sustainable to maintain.
Originally created in 1934 as the Landscape Unit at the Oregon State Highway Department, Roadside Development and Landscape Architecture have a long history of providing a safe and scenic travelling experience for the citizens of Oregon. From the development of the first Scenic Highway in the USA (Historic Columbia River Highway; Samuel Lancaster was an Engineer and a Landscape Architect!), through creation of one of the first Scenic Byways programs in the country, ODOT has been a leader in the understanding of the value to citizens of a highly scenic travelling experience.