The Mt. Hood Highway is one of the most beautiful drives in Oregon taking travelers through the Mt. Hood National Forest. However, many safety concerns exist along this highway and many crashes have occured. And sadly, some crashes prove fatal.
An independent team of traffic safety, emergency response, and highway professionals performed a Road Safety Audit of U.S. 26 between Camp Creek and Government Camp (see below) to identify the number and types of crashes and various solutions to improve safety. Crashes from 2002-2011:
Crashes between Camp Creek and Government Camp
4 people died
243 people were injured of which
29 people were seriously injured
Crashes between a half-mile east of Kiwanis Camp Road to east of the Mirror Lake Trail Head (mileposts 49.4-52.2)
109 crashes occurred
30 were cross-over crashes of which
11 crashes were head-on
4 people died
88 people were injured
2009 Road Safety Audit
The Mt. Hood Highway between Sandy and Government Camp - a designated highway safety corridor - experiences more crashes (especially during winter-time driving conditions) than other rural highways. ODOT has invested in a number of safety improvements, such as cable median barrier
and other median improvements, that have shown a significant reduction in crashes. But, there are still specific and significant safety concerns throughout this corridor.
In 2009, an independent, multi-disciplined team conducted a Road Safety Audit (RSA) of U.S. 26 between the Camp Creek Campground and Timberline Highway. The study resulted in a list of critical safety issues, their relative safety risk and suggestions for improvement. As a result of the RSA, ODOT is
proposing several improvements to further enhance safety on the mountain.
More than 50 people attended a public meeting July 29, 2010 in Welches to learn about the findings of the Road Safety Audit and to learn more about ODOT's proposed safety project. Thank you to all who attended.
To download the PowerPoint presentation from the July 29, 2010 public meeting, click here