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Historic Columbia River Highway
Advisory Committee
Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee
The Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee (HCRHAC) was created by the Oregon Legislature (ORS 366.550). HCRHAC makes recommendations to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) concerning the historic highway. Membership includes representatives from ODOT, OPRD, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Oregon Tourism Commission. Six private citizens are on the committee, two from each of the three counties (Multnomah, Hood River and Wasco) – one appointed by the governor and one appointed by each county.

The first project, between Tanner Creek and Eagle Creek, opened in 1996. Work was completed in 2000 on the Hood River to Mosier Section, which received a Gorge Stewardship Award for conservation and a Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award for Historic and Archeological Preservation. The Highway is part of the Oregon Scenic Byway Program; it is also a National Scenic Byway, an All-American Road, and a Legacy Millennium Trail.

The Highway is a National Historic Landmark. The Historic Columbia River Highway Restoration Partnership (ODOT, OPRD, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office of the USDA Forest Service, Western Federal Lands Highway Division of Federal Highway Administration, the HCRH Advisory Committee, and the Friends of the Columbia Gorge) received an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2002. The HCRH State Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2002.