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Historic Highway State Trail: Mitchell Point Crossing

Design Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Hood River, Hood River)

​This segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail​ will construct a crossing at Mitchell Point. Learn more about the Historic Highway State Trail.  ​​


Meetings and Events

​Join an online open house​ and learn more about the Historic Highway State Trail. ​Open through ​Nov. 30. ​​

The project team hosted an open house on May 16, 2018. The displays are available online​

Key Milestones

  • May 16, 2018: Open House
  • May 21, 2018: The Advisory Committee recommended a design alternative for the Mitchell Point Crossing.
  • June 13, 2018: The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission endorsed the design recommendation.
  • Design will continue on the preferred alternative, which includes a Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area permit. ODOT is targeting spring 2021 to begin construction.



Mitchell Point was the site of an iconic tunnel with its five arched windows overlooking the Columbia River. Constructed in 1915, the tunnel was closed in 1953 because it could no longer accommodate high traffic volumes and car sizes. It was destroyed in 1966 to widen the water-level highway, now Interstate 84. The historic tunnel was 390-feet long.

Mitchell Point is a formidable mountain that requires a new crossing to connect the western segments of State Trail to Hood River and The Dalles. ODOT received funds for design and construction of a new Mitchell Point Crossing from the Federal Lands Access Program​, a competitive nationwide grant for projects improving access to federal lands. 

At the May 16, 2018 open house, three alternative crossing designs were presented. The displays are available for you to view. We encourage you to review the displays​ to learn about the alternatives.

On May 21, the Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee recommended the 570-foot tunnel and trail alternative and on June 13, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission endorsed the same design recommendation. 

The tunnel plans currently include five arched window and is about 655 feet in length. Design is continuing.


N/A | H​isto​ric Columbia River Highway near Interstate 84 milepost 58

Cost and Funding

​​$31 million funded through the Federal Lands Access Program.

Additional Information

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
Katelyn Jackson

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Last Updated

10/8/2020 2:27 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Open-House-Displays-HCRHMP.pdfView the displays from the May 16, 2018 open house.

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