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Mt Hood Safety - About the Project

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About the Project

Project Summary

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is currently designing a project to improve safety by reducing severe crossover crashes that lead to fatalities and serious injuries and reduce rockfalls on the Mt. Hood Highway (U.S. 26) just east of Rhododendron and Oregon Highway 35.
Work will include:
  • Placing a concrete barrier between the east and westbound lanes of U.S. 26.
  • Cutting back the rock slope from the highway and building retaining walls to protect historic trails
  • Repave nearly eight miles of U.S. 26 from east of Rhododendron to OR 35
  • Construction Began – July 2014
  • Construction Ends* - 2016
*subject to change based upon weather and site condition


 For More Information

 Read ODOT's responses the written comments submitted to ODOT in the spring of 2013 from the virtual and in person open houses.
Read the frequently asked questions that we heard in the spring of 2013 and the responses from ODOT.
Review documents sent from ODOT to FHWA describing inconveniences and temporary closures to the Laurel Hill Chute, Mirror Lake and Pioneer Bridle Trails during construction of the U.S. 26 Mt. Hood Safety Project.
Virtual Open House from March 2013 explaining safety concerns and project elements:


Contact Information

For questions or comments about the Mount Hood Highway Safety Project, please contact:
Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Community Affairs
(503) 731-8281