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 one arched window. The design consultant will explore adding more windows to the tunnel, further mirroring the historic 1915 tunnel with its five arched windows.
Historic Columbia River Highway near Interstate 84 milepost 58
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