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Oneonta Tunnel Fire Recovery

Project Completed

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

​​​​Restoration work is needed to reopen the Oneonta Tunnel on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail after the Eagle Creek Fire. 


Traffic Impact

No traffic impacts. This project is complete. 


  • Phase 1: Rockfall scaling on the hillsides adjacent to the Oneonta Tunnel -- complete in February 2020.
  • Phase 2: Restoring the tunnel -- Late 2020 through summer 2021.

Schedule subject to change.



​The 125-foot Oneonta Tunnel originally opened in 1914 as part of the Historic Columbia River Highway. In 1948, ODOT redirected traffic around the tunnel and filled it with rubble. In 2009, ODOT restored it for bicycle and pedestrian use as part of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. 

The 2017 Eagle Creek Fire badly damaged the Oneonta Tunnel’s wood lining. Now, fire recovery work is needed to safely reopen the Oneonta Tunnel.  Work will take place in two phases:
  • The first phase of work (February 2020) addressed rockfall concerns on the hillside at and above the tunnel, improving safety. 
  • The second phase will restore the tunnel and will start in late 2020 and continue through summer 2021.


U.S. 30 |

Oneonta Tunnel along the Historic Highway

Cost and Funding

Emergency Response funds through the Federal Highways Administration.

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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Contacts & Media

Fire burned the tunnel's wood lining

Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Katelyn Jackson

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Coordinator
Terra Lingley

Last Updated

9/19/2023 2:14 PM

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