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, including two tunnel options.
On May 21, 2018 the Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee recommended the 570-foot tunnel and trail alternative and on June 13, 2018 the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission endorsed the same design recommendation.
The final tunnel plans include five arched window and a 655-foot tunnel.
Western Federal Lands Highway Division is the contract administrator for this construction project. ODOT owns and operates the Historic Highway. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the State Trail in partnership with ODOT.
Historic Columbia River Highway near Interstate 84 milepost 58
Cost and Funding
$31 million funded through the Federal Lands Access Program.
The Columbia River Gorge is one of Oregon’s seven wonders – home to the first highway in the Pacific Northwest, sweeping vistas and rich history. And for more than 100 years, it’s been an important corridor for freight movements, both in the water and on the road.
Over the next several years, we have many construction projects planned on Interstate 84 between Interstate 205 and Hood River, and on the Historic Columbia River Highway between Troutdale and Hood River.
Each project brings benefits to residents, businesses and visitors by increasing safety, extending the lifespan of the highways or completing a gap in walking and biking infrastructure.
View more information about upcoming work.
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