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OR 6 Wilson River Highway Corridor Study


Region 2: Willamette Valley and Northwest Oregon (Tillamook, Washington)

​​​​​​​​​​This study will explore existing conditions and transportation issues in the OR 6 Wilson River Highway corridor.​

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view enlarged project mapThe Wilson River Highway, OR 6, is a 48 mile rural road that connects Banks and Tillamook. It's a popular route for tourists and an important commercial connection between the Oregon Coast and the Portland metro area.

In recent years, safety has become an increasing concern for the local communities and people who use this route. As freight and recreational use has increased, so has the crash frequency and fatalities. 

In response to these local concerns, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4053 to do a safety study. We'll present the findings of the study in fall 2023. 

To understand needs along the corridor, we'll:

  • ​Gather your feedback on existing problems.
  • Look at issues related to safety, freight, operations and road conditions. 

The final product will be a complete study of the highway. It'll include possible solutions and projects as well as estimated costs.​


The study is estimated to be finished and presented to the Oregon State Legislature in September 2023.

​Past Meetings and Events

  • View the second archived online open house, open Feb. 9 through March 2, 2023 to learn more about how we used your feedback, what corridor wide issues we've found and specific locations that stood out to us. 

  • Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and our in person open house on Feb. 16, 2023 at the Port of Tillamook Bay. Your feedback is an important part of our process to make sure we're identifying the right safety issues and areas to focus on in the corridor.​

  • View the archived online open house​, open Nov. 8 through Nov. 28, 2022, to learn more about why we're doing the study.

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  • Thank you for sharing your experiences at our tabling events at the Tillamook Safeway on Nov. 9 and at Jim's Market in Banks on Nov. 11, 2022.

​​Stakeholder Advisory Committee

We have a Stakeholder Advisory Committee that reviews study findings and provides local knowledge and input.

The committee is made up of representatives from local agencies, businesses, utility companies, residents and OR 6 users.

If you're interested in hearing our committees thoughts, watch the recording​ of our first committee meeting held on Dec. 1.


OR 6 |

​Between milepost 1 and 49

Cost and Funding

The study is estimated to cost $371,539.
The study will identify issues and potential solutions. It won't result in specific project work until funding becomes available.​

Contacts & Media

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Project Contacts

Transportation Planner
Ken Shonkwiler

Public Information Officer
David House

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Last Updated

3/3/2023 10:04 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
27003-007_TM3_Existing-and-Future-Conditions_memo_AV.pdfTechnical Memo #3: Existing and Future Conditions - please let us know if you need this in an alternate format
27003-007_TM4-OR6-CorridorIssuesSummary_Final.pdfTechnical Memo #4: Corridor Issues Summary - please let us know if you need this in an alternate format