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Historic Columbia River Highway Congestion & Transportation Safety Improvement Plan

Planning Phase

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

This plan will recommend projects and programs to improve safety, reduce vehicular congestion and enhance visitor experience in the Historic Highway corridor for all transportation modes. 

The project planning area includes the Historic Highway along the “waterfall corridor” from Women’s Forum to Ainsworth State Park.


Meetings and Events

Project leadership Team meeting
Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon
at ODOT Region 1 Headquarters
123 NW Flanders


  • Existing Conditions/Data collection (summer/fall 2017)
  • Analysis and plan creation (early 2018)
  • Plan Review and Refinement (late 2018)
  • Complete final plan (early 2019)



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 aims to:
  • 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.


US 30 | ​Histor​ic Columbia River Highway from Women's Forum to Ainsworth State Park.



Additional Information

​This project is 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 will be 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. 

How to be involved 
The project team is committed to hearing from people who love the Gorge to identify key concerns and ideas, to ensure the solutions developed reflect public input and aspirations. The project team will be working with stakeholders and the community throughout the planning process to seek input and feedback as the plan is being drafted. Contact the project team and sign up for email updates

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.

¿Hablas español? Podemos proporcionar la información de esta publicación en español, por favor llame al 503-731-4128.

Maps & Media

Cars stuck in congestion line the Historic Highway.

Project Contact

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Coordinator
Terra Lingley

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Last Updated

11/9/2018 4:00 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
PLT-Meeting-1-Packet-HHCP.pdfThe Project Leadership Team held its first meeting Nov. 21, 2017. This PDF is the meeting packet and presentation.
Stakeholder-Group-Workshop1-HHCP.pdfView the agenda and meeting materials from the first stakeholder group workshop in February 2018.
Project-Leadership-Team-Meeting2-HHCP.pdfView the materials from the second Project Leadership Team meeting.
Fact-Sheet-HHCP.pdfA fact sheet on the Congestion and Transportation Safety Improvement Plan from April 2018.
Outreach-Report-HHCP.pdfView a summary of public outreach activities and feedback collected.
Open-House-Displays-May-2018-HHCP.pdfView the displays from the May 2018 open house.
Project-Leadership-Team-Meeting3-HHCP.pdfView the materials from the third Project Leadership Team meeting.
Existing-Conditions-Full-Report-HHCP.pdfView the full report on existing conditions for the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Existing-Conditions-Summary-HHCP.pdfView the two-page executive summary on existing conditions for the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Toolkit-Scenarios-Report-HHCP.pdfView a report on potential techniques and strategies to address safety, congestion and user experience.
Alternatives-Evaluation-HHCP.pdfView the report evaluating three scenarios.
Project-Leadership-Team-Meeting4-HHCP.pdfView the materials for the Project Leadership Team meeting on Oct. 19.
Outreach-Strategy-HHCP.pdfView the draft public outreach strategy.
Implementation-Action-Plan-HHCP.pdfView the draft implementation strategies and action plan.

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