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U.S. 26: Multorpor Drive to Timberline


Project Information
Construction is under way on a $1.3 million project to improve the safety level of the section of Mt. Hood Highway (U.S. 26) between the Multorpor Drive under crossing and the Timberline Highway intersection.  This section of the highway has been identified as a safety concern for both community members and visitors.
 
Much of this concern centers on the intersection of the Mt. Hood Highway and the east end of Government Camp Loop (the Summit intersection).  This intersection no longer meets current design standards and presents motorists with several confusing traffic movements.  In addition, motorists exiting the intersection have a poor line of sight that is worsened during the winter season when plows pile up snow alongside the roadway. 
 
Adding to these hazards is that the Highway’s westbound climbing lane ends just short of the Summit intersection, creating a merge point at the already problematic intersection. 
 
These problems combine with icy and/or snow covered roads and motorists driving too fast to produce one of the most dangerous locations in the state highway system (based on crash data from the most recent three-year period, 2000-02).  
 
Work is temporarily suspended on this project due to snow (as of 12/9/05).
 
View a draft map of the proposed design.
View a map of the existing configuration.
 
October 2004 Open House
Thank you to those that participated in the Oregon Department of Transportation's October 2004 open house regarding this project. Comments from the public are very important to us and where safety and engineering regulations allow, we attempt to incorporate these insights into the design of the project. The four pages we have attached address each individual comment received, with questions combined when several people asked about the same issue.  Read the comments and replies here.

ODOT Contact Information
Floyd Harrington, Project Leader (503) 731-4850
Judy Shioshi, Community Affairs (503) 731-8237