- Oregon Route 35
Route information Maintained by ODOT Length: 40.83 mi (65.71 km) Major junctions South end: US 26 near Government Camp OR 281 in Mount Hood
OR 282 near Odell
North end: US 30 near Hood River Highway system ← OR 34 OR 36 → ← SR 31 SR 41 →
Oregon Route 35 is an state highway in the U.S. state of Oregon running between Government Camp on the slopes of Mount Hood and the city of Hood River. It is part of the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, or more formally, the Mount Hood Highway No. 26 (see Oregon highways and routes) (and which continues west of Government Camp on U.S. Route 26). OR 35 also includes a brief concurrency with U.S. Route 30 in Hood River along the Historic Columbia River Highway No. 100.
Oregon 35 starts a few miles east of Government Camp, at an interchange with U.S. 26. It then winds around the southeastern side of the mountain, providing access to several ski resorts, snow-parks, hiking trails, campgrounds, and other recreational facilities. After rounding the eastern slope of the mountain, the highway descends into the Hood River valley, a farming community famous for its produce, in particular, apples and cherries. In the valley the route passes through the communities of Mount Hood, Lenz and Pine Grove.
At the bottom of the valley lies the city of Hood River, popular for windsurfing because of the high winds often present in the Columbia River Gorge. OR 35 provides access to the downtown core, via U.S. Route 30. OR 35 ends just north of an interchange with Interstate 84 at the Hood River Bridge over the Columbia River near Washington State Route 14.
Timeline of washouts since 1907.
In 1997, Washington proposed a new or improved transportation crossing of the Columbia River to connect Washington State Route 14 with Oregon Route 35 or I-84. It designated this crossing "State Route 35" and publicly announced a plan to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement about the proposal in early 2001. A feasibility study for the SR-35 Columbia River Crossing was completed in September 2004. Due to costs, no further progress has been made on the proposal; instead, the Port of Hood River spent $8 million of its Bridge Repair and Replacement Fund on replacing the bridge's steel deck, underlying stringers and guardrails.
History of washouts
The most recent closure took place on November 7, 2006, involving a section of the highway from milepost 57 to milepost 80. As in the past, the closure was caused by overflow of the White River and the build-up of debris in the White River Canyon which subsequently flows down and overwhelms the highway. This washout, the worst in memory, cut off access to Mount Hood Meadows in both directions, moved the White River course north and east to the bed of Green Apple Creek, and buried—sometimes 20-30 feet deep—two recreational parking lots, miles of cross-country skiing and hiking trails, and several small Forest Service roads.
- Note: mileposts do not reflect actual mileage due to realignments.
County Location Mile Destinations Notes Clackamas 57.20 US 26 – Portland, Madras, Bend Interchange Hood River Bennett Pass 63.80 Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Bennett Pass Sno-Park Interchange Mount Hood 85.02 Hood River County Tour Route (OR 281) – Parkdale, Cooper Spur 95.25 Odell (OR 282) 101.82 US 30 to I-84 / Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail – Hood River City Center
- ^ [http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2001/February/Day-27/i4706.htm Environmental Impact Statement: Klickitat and Skamania Counties, Washington and Hood River County, Oregon | Federal Register Environmental Documents | United States Environmental Protection Agency website
- ^ SR-35 Study: Public Open House Summary, 12-Oct-00 from rtc.wa.gov
- ^ SR-35 Columbia River Bridge Feasibility Study from rtc.wa.gov
- ^ Bridge Closure FAQs from portofhoodriver.com
- ^ a b Mount Hood vs. ODOT, a November 26, 2006 article from The Oregonian
- ^ Swollen, bruised state slogs on, a November 9, 2006 article from The Oregonian
- ^ Mid-December Projected For Opening Of Hwy 35 And Mount Hood Meadows a November 17, 2006 story from Oregon Public Broadcasting
- ^ http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/news/RebuildingOregon35.pdf
- ^ Photos of the November 2006 washout from the Oregon Department of Transportation
- ^ http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/news/Hwy35reopens120406.pdf
- ^ Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Road Inventory (primarily the Digital Video Log), accessed April 2008
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