For over 100 years, thousands of drivers, cyclists and hikers have used the Historic Columbia River Highway to access the Gorge’s most beautiful and popular destinations. In the past 10 years, historic highway traffic grew nearly 50 percent, increasing safety concerns and affecting the experience of visitors and residents.
The project aimed to:
View the final Congestion and Transportation Safety Improvement Plan.
- Reduce conflicts between Historic Highway users (cars, bikes, pedestrians) and reducing excessive delay/congestion within the corridor.
- Reduce congestion, illegally parked cars and delayed emergency response/rescue due to congestion.
- Identify sustainable funding sources for implementation.
- Enhance safe and convenient opportunities for people walking, biking and taking public transportation to reduce congestion, increase public safety and enhance visitor experience.
- Provide improved access for recreational and scenic enjoyment of natural and cultural resources adjacent to the corridor.
- Reduce impacts from congestion and illegal parking on the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources.
- Consider and addressing safety, parking and congestion impacts on Multnomah County-owned facilities.
Historic Columbia River Highway from Women's Forum to Ainsworth State Park.
Cost and Funding
Project cost: $411,000 for planning. Implementation costs have not been identified.
This project was a partnership between ODOT, the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Multnomah County and the Federal Highway Administration.
The project builds off several successful efforts to manage congestion and improve safety in the Waterfall Corridor, continuing the essential collaboration between these agencies to identify and achieve solutions for the Gorge. Some of these efforts include:
In addition to the project partner agencies, numerous stakeholders were involved in plan development, including Federally recognized Tribes, residents, visitors, the Columbia River Gorge Commission, elected officials, emergency responders, cyclists, local businesses, hikers and other recreationalists and advocacy organizations.
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