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Mitchell Point Tunnel

Construction Phase

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We are constructing a new tunnel that mimics the historic crossing at Mitchell Point and will connect to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. 

Columbia River Gorge Construction: I-84 and U.S. 30 Historic Columbia River Highway


Traffic Impact

​​​Exit 58 off-ramp is closed throughout construction

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Meetings and Events

We are excited to celebrate the tunnel’s grand opening in 2024! Experience the tunnel with us and celebrate the latest segment of the Historic Highway State Trail. Sign up for our email updates to learn the date. 

Key Milestones

  • May 2018: Open House where three alternative crossing designs were presented.
  • May 2018: The Advisory Committee recommended the 570-foot tunnel for the Mitchell Point Crossing.
  • June 2018: The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission endorsed the design recommendation from the Historic Columbia River Advisory Committee.​
  • Through 2020: Design continued on the preferred alternative​
  • Spring 2021: Construction begins (groundbreaking ceremony)
  • 2024: Mitchell Point Tunnel expected to open 


Construction began in 2021. The tunnel will open in fall 2024. The opening date will be posted here in advance.



The original Mitchell Point Tunnel was built in 1915 and included five arched windows where drivers could experience scenic views of the Columbia River from the highway. The tunnel was closed in 1953 for safety and because it could no longer accommodate growing traffic volumes and increasing car sizes, ultimately being destroyed in 1966 to widen I-84.
Historic Photo of the Mitchell Point Tunnel

The Mitchell Point Tunnel
We received federal funds to design and rebuild the Mitchell Point Tunnel and connect the Historic Highway State Trail through a formidable mountain at Mitchell Point. 

The tunnel will be available for non-motorized users hiking and biking on the State Trail. It will mirror the historic tunnel by re-constructing arched windows with views of the Columbia River.

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
In 2023, celebrated the reconnection of 8 miles of car-free trail from Wyeth State Park to 2 miles east of Viento State Park. The Mitchell Point tunnel will complete the 1.5-mile trail segment at Mitchell Point. Although most of the trail between Wyeth State Park and Mitchell Point has been built, we still have work to do. There is a 0.7-mile link still needed to connect Viento State Park to Mitchell Point, which is anticipated to begin construction as early as 2026.  

ODOT owns and operates the Historic Columbia River Highway while the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the Historic Highway State Trail (in partnership with ODOT). The Western Federal Lands Highway Division is managing the project during construction.


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.


​Crestline Construction


​The project is constructing a 1.5-mile segment of the Historic Highway State Trail at Mitchell Point, which will advance trail construction. The tunnel will have arched windows with expansive views of the Columbia River and a hand placed stone masonry wall on the trail, a plaza with picnic tables, break areas, an overlook, and an expanded restroom at the trailhead.

Additional Information

Over the next several years, we have many construction projects planned on I-84 between I-205 and Hood River, and on the Historic Columbia River Highway between Troutdale and Hood River. 

View more information about upcoming work or videos posted to social media about the specialized contractors building the tunnel (Guinett Masonry, LRL Construction, and Schuepbach Builders​).

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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Contacts & Media

Mitchell Point is located just east of Exit 58 on I-84.


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Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Katelyn Jackson

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Coordinator
Terra Lingley
Project Hotline
24/7 Noise: 503-294-1570
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Last Updated

6/13/2024 2:01 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.
Mitchell-Point-Tunnel-handout-HCRHMP.pdfView a handout with information about the Mitchell Point Tunnel from spring 2021.
I84-Gorge-2023_Mailer_3.pdfView the 2023 Construction Mailer.