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Newest State Trail Section to be dedicated
on September 14
Join the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as we dedicate the newest segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. This 1.6 mile trail connection, from Yeon State Park to Moffett Creek, allows cyclists to ride from Troutdale to Cascade Locks without having to use the shoulder of Interstate 84.
The dedication of this newest segment will occur on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11 am on the new McCord Creek Bridge.
If you are attending the Dedication:
Participants are encouraged to bicycle to the trail along the Historic Columbia River Highway or Historic Highway State Trail. If you are planning to ride your bike to the site you can access the Historic Highway State Trail from the following locations:
I-84 Exit 44 - Cascade Locks, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead (overflow parking will be available along WaNaPa Street). Park in Cascade Locks and enjoy a 6-mile bike ride to the new trail segment and plan on spending your day exploring Cascade Locks and other attractions along the Historic Highway State Trail.
I-84 Exit 40 - Bonneville Dam Exit - Parking will be available at the Toothrock Trailhead located on the south side of the Interstate. Park here and ride approximately 3.5 miles to the new trail segment and enjoy the dedication ceremony at McCord Creek Bridge.
If you are coming by car, park at the Ainsworth exit and board the shuttle:
Exit 35, Ainsworth Exit - Event parking will be available on the south side of I-84. A shuttle will be available for those driving to the event. The shuttle will drop folks off at the John B. Yeon Trailhead parking area. Please note there is ¼ mile walk to the McCord Creek Bridge from the shuttle drop off. Allow time to walk to the ceremony before 11 a.m.
NOTE: The John B.Yeon Trailhead parking lot will be closed during the dedication event.
State Trail Yeon to Moffett Creek Section Still Closed Until Oct. 31
We are opening the trail for two days only on Sept. 14 & 15 for the dedication ceremony and for a biking event. The trail will close again after these activities. It will not be open for use until October 31. Construction activity will continue during September and October. Workers will be busy paving, finishing walls, landscaping and installing the safety railing along I-84. It will still be a work zone and construction equipment will block the trail.
Open House held for Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
On August 24, 2010 an open house was held to share plans and receive comments on the last 11-mile segment of the proposed Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail between Wyeth and Hood River.
The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Plan provides a plan for development of future facilities along the trail, such parking lots, overnight bike camping, and rest rooms. It also identifies opportunities for view points and overlooks along the route. The public participated in the planning process and provided input to help ODOT understand the opportunities and constraints associated with the proposed 11-mile trail. Finalization of this plan also helps ODOT prepare to seek the needed funds to reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway as a significant
historic and visitor attraction.
Since 1987, 11 miles of the state trail have been completed. Of the original 73 miles of historic highway, 61 miles are accessible by car on the drivable portions or by foot or bike on the state trail sections.
About 11 miles of the state trail await construction. The goal is to complete the remaining 11 miles in time for the 100th anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway in 2016.
For more information, contact Kristen Stallman, Scenic Area Coordinator
at ODOT at Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-731-4957.
From Inside ODOT for the week of May 14-21: ODOT and its partners in a forest highway enhancement program received one of twelve Federal Highway Administration 2003 Environmental Excellence Awards for restoration work on Vista House and the HCRH.
From Inside ODOT for the week of May 14-21: Late last month federal Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced the funding of a total of $24 million to be shared by 206 preservation projects in 42 states. Oregon’s share is more than $800,000 for six projects, including $220,000 for the Rowena Crest Scenic Overlook Gravel Pit Restoration Project.
October 10, 2002: Historic Columbia River Highway Restoration Partnership is awarded an Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The HCRH Restoration Partnership included Oregon Department of Transportation, the Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Western Federal Lands Highway Division of Federal Highway Administration, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office of the USDA Forest Service and the Friends of the Columbia Gorge.
May 31, 2000: HCRH Designated a National Historic
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt today announced the designation of 15 properties in 10 states as National Historic Landmarks (NHL). Included among the designated sites were major portions of Oregon’s Historic Columbia River Highway between Troutdale and The Dalles.
May 22, 2000: Historic Columbia River Highway Celebration Events
To celebrate the renovation of the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), a number of community events are planned for the month of July 2000. All culminate with the official HCRH Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23.
January 26, 2000: Historic Columbia River Highway Project Wins Award
An innovative and environmentally friendly approach to constructing retaining walls has garnered an industry award for the Moffett Creek to Tanner Creek project on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.
April 27, 1999: New Signs Tell Visitors How Historic Highway was Built
The Historic Columbia River Highway now boasts new interpretive signs for visitors to Oregon's All-American Road.
July 20, 1998: New Trail to Follow Route of Old Highway
Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to follow a well traveled roadway, once crews finish a project to build a bike – pedestrian path along the route of the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), according to Oregon Department of Transportation officials.
June 9, 1998: Six Oregon Scenic Byways Awarded Top National Designation
Two of three All-American Roads named are in Oregon.
What Oregonians have known for years was confirmed today by Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater: Some of our nation’s most beautiful roads and scenery are right here in the Beaver State.
February 12, 1998: Restoration of Historic Highway Continues
Oregon Department of Transportation officials announced that three projects to restore abandoned segments of the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH) and reclaim quarries near the historic roadway will begin soon. A fourth project to fabricate and place 27 interpretive signs on the HCRH between Troutdale and Rowena is already underway.