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I-84 Construction Projects

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I-84 construction projects

On I-84, from east of Troutdale to The Dalles, we've spent the last two years creating a smoother ride, increasing safety and extending the life of the highway. Over the next few years, there will be more improvements made to continue addressing safety, as well as congestion in the popular Columbia River Gorge. 

Learn what this means to your travel plans!
2017 Construction (including planning projects)

Travelers should be aware of potential traffic impacts and plan their trips accordingly. Visit TripCheck.com for current traffic conditions or sign up for construction update email around the region.

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*Schedule is subject to change due to weather and site conditions

​2017 Construction*

Multnomah Falls Electronic Sign System

What? ODOT is working to increase safety and reduce congestion in the Gorge with a variety of projects. This electronic signage system on I-84 is one piece of the puzzle. The electronic sign system will increase driver awareness of highway conditions, provide alternatives when the Multnomah Falls parking lot is closed, and offer flexible messaging in an emergency.
When? Construction could start as early as May, but will mostly be constructed during the fall of 2017 and will require shoulder/single lane closures on I-84.*
More information? Learn more about the construction details​ (PDF, 229KB) and review the renderings of the new electronic sign​ (PDF, 689KB). 

Extending the Historic Columbia River State Trail

What? ODOT and Western Federal Lands are finalizing the design for the next segment of the Historic Highway State Trail extension between Lindsey Creek and Wyeth (exit 51 on I-84). This section of the State Trail will be a major undertaking, with the trail extending around Shellrock Mountain on top of the existing bin wall, a 500' Summit Creek Viaduct (bridge over land), and the Lindsey Creek bench cut. 
When? Construction is expected to start in spring 2017 (not visible from I-84) through late 2018 and will require lane closures/changes to I-84 during construction.*
More information? More information will be added in the future; more information about the Historic Highway is available. ​
Paving Sandy River to Multnomah Falls
What? Pave 14-miles of I-84 from the Sandy River (east of Troutdale) to Multnomah Falls. Caution! Bikes advised to use the Historic Highway State Trail during construction. 
When? Mostly night construction from June 2016 to spring 2017.*
More information? Learn more about the construction details​
Paving Cascade Locks to Hood River
What? Pave 18-miles of I-84 between Cascade Locks and Hood River; some additional barrier will be installed between east and westbound traffic (daytime construction). 
When? Mostly night construction from June 2016 to spring 2017.*
More information? Learn more about the construction details​​ including ramp closures
Washington State Projects
More information? Learn more about the 2017 construction projects in Southwest Washington
* Schedule is subject to change due to weather and site conditions

Planning Projects
ODOT is working on the following planning projects to address congestion and transit use in the Gorge. 
Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative: This Historic Scenic Highway provides access to the wonders of the Columbia Gorge features including its amazing waterfalls and spectacular hiking trails.  With its success as a premier tourist attraction comes the obligation to manage the related congestion resulting from the large numbers of visitors in a way that preserves the integrity and values of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area.
The Oregon Solutions approach helps bring together partners in a neutral and collaborative way to address issues and opportunities.  By integrating and leveraging resources, this project has the potential to ensure that the success in attracting visitors to The Gorge can be managed in as safe and responsible way as possible.
Columbia Gorge Express bus: The result of the Columbia River Gorge Transit Study, the Columbia Gorge Express is a pilot bus service that offered a convenient, reliable and fun way to get from Portland to Multnomah Falls in summer 2016. The pilot operated Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from May 27 to Sept. 25, 2016. ODOT is preparing for the​ 2017 summer season by evaluating the pilot year and looking for ways to improve service. 
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Know before you go!

Top 5 things to know before you go: 
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Remember, Restore, Reconnect. 2016 marks 100 years of the Historic Highway. Celebrate in communities throughout the Gorge all year long: www.HistoricHighway.org
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Be aware of your surroundings. Prepare for summer traffic and for driving in ice, rain, or wind during spring, fall​, and winter. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers should be aware of each other to ensure safe travels. 

Start your weekend travels right!
 Try to avoid peak travel times during the busy summer months
.  Traffic congestion usually happens heading east on Friday afternoons/evenings (or the day before a holiday) and heading west on Sunday afternoons/evenings (or the day after a holiday weekend).  Avoiding these travel times can help you skip a negative impact to the start or end of your weekend travels.​

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Park responsibly. The Gorge is popular! Carpool or take a tour bus/taxi to scenic locations. Be sure to park only at marked parking areas.
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Plan, prepare and enjoy! Try to visit the Gorge during off-peak times (weekdays or mornings) or months (November to April). Visit www.TripCheck.com​ to see current traffic conditions before you leave.  

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Spread the word. Learn about the Gorge's resources and share your knowledge with others. Here are some useful links to get you started:​

Recreation
Travel
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Future Construction*

Construction will take place in the following areas in 2018 and beyond.* More information will be provided once it is available:

257th Bridge Replacement in Troutdale

What? ODOT is working on replacing the bridge at 257th in Troutdale. 
When? Construction is expected to start in 2018.*
More information? More information will be added in the future.

Farley Landslide Mitigation

What? ODOT is beginning a project to mitigate an active, historic landslide causing significant surface cracking and settlement of I-84 at milepost 48, just east of Cascade Locks. 
When? Construction is expected spring - fall 2018 and will require lane closures during construction.*

Hood River-Rowena Project

What? ODOT is working on improving I-84 from Hood River east to Rowena. 
When? Construction is expected to start in 2018.*
More information? More information will be added in the future.

I-84 Hood River Bridge Deck Replacement

What? ODOT is working on replacing the I-84 bridge deck on the eastside of Hood River. 
When? Construction is expected to start in 2019.*

* Schedule is subject to change due to weather and site conditions
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Past Construction*

Project Documents
Poster of I-84 construction projects - Spring 2015 (PDF, 170KB)
Newsletter mailed to local residents and businesses - Spring 2015 (PDF, 185KB)
I-84 construction project map (PDF, 86KB) - 2016
Newsletter mailed to local residents and businesses - Winter 2016 (PDF, 218KB) 
Improving Troutdale exit/interchange
What? ODOT is widening Marine Drive between the two frontage roads and replacing the I-84 overpass bridge to make traveling into and around exit 17 easier.
When? Construction was finished in December 2015.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​​
Adding Rumble Strips Multnomah Falls to Cascade Locks
What? Added rumble strips along the shoulder and center barrier to increase safety.
When? Nighttime construction was finished in September 2015.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​
Replacing Barriers Cascade Locks to Hood River
What? Replaced the center concrete barriers before paving 18-miles of I-84 in 2016.
When? Construction was finished in October 2015.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​​
Paving and Bridge Construction in The Dalles
What? Repave four-miles of I-84 through The Da​lles and do bridge construction at Threemile Creek. Caution! One lane will be continuously closed during construction, except on Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving weekends.​
When? Construction was mostly finished in July 2016.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​
Paving Celilo to Rufus
What? Repave about 14-miles of I-84 and replace the center concrete barrier.
When? Construction was finished in July 2015.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​
Extending the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail 
What? The State Trail extension between Lindsey Creek and Starvation Creek will include a single lane closure on I-84 near Starvation Creek Trailhead (exit 55). 
When? Construction took place from February to August 2016; the new trail section was opened in October.​​ Learn more about the construction details​​​
Hood River Rockfall Repair
What? Repair a hillside west of Hood River (at milepost 61) to reduce the chance of future rockfalls. The right eastbound lane of I-84 will be closed for about 3 months. Caution! Bikes will travel on a temporary shoulder.
When? Construction was finished by April 2017.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​​
Mosier to The Dalles Paving and Median Barrier Replacement 
What? Pave 8-miles of I-84 between Rowena and The Dalles and replace 14-miles of median barriers on I-84 between Mosier and The Dalles.
When? Construction was finished in September 2016.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​​
Paving and Bridge Construction in The Dalles 
What? I-84 was repaved in The Dalles and a bridge was built at Fifteen Mile Creek.
When? Construction was finished in June 2016.
More information? Learn more about the construction details​​
Tanner Creek Bridge Repair at Bonneville Dam
What? The bridge over Tanner Creek near Bonneville Dam was paved and repaired. 
When? Construction was mostly completed by July 2016. 
More information? Learn more about the construction details​​​
​Gorge Transit Study: The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has initiated the Columbia River Gorge Transit Study​ to identify near-term solutions for both residents and visitors. The transit solutions are intended to provide transportation options, enhance mobility and improve safety on I-84 especially near Multnomah Falls. The study also will examine the potential to complement existing intercity transit service between Portland and Hood River with stops at key Gorge destinations.​
Public events
ODOT hosted two information booths in the Gorge to answer questions and share project information (Saturday, May 9 at the Multnomah Falls Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Hood River Farmers' Market from 5 to 8 p.m.).  

ODOT hosted several information booth events throughout the 2016 to answer questions about construction projects, including March 15 in Cascade Locks, March 29 at the Corbett Grange, July 24 at Multnomah Falls, and September 3 at the Hood River Farmer's Market. 

How can I get more information

You can also contact Brandy Steffen, ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator if you have questions or comments about this project during regular business hours at 503-731-8230 or Brandy.Steffen@odot.state.or.us​​​

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