Oregon Route 35


Oregon Route 35

Oregon Route 35 marker

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

Oregon highways
Routes • Highways

OR 34 OR 36
SR 31 WA-35.svg 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.

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Route description

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.

History


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.[1][2] A feasibility study for the SR-35 Columbia River Crossing was completed in September 2004.[3] 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.[4]

History of washouts

OR 35 has had a history of washouts dating back to August 1907, with 20 closures due to washouts, five of which have occurred since September 1998.[5]

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.[6] 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.[5]

Repair work was anticipated to be completed by December 15, 2006.[7][8][9] The route was reopened December 9, a week ahead of schedule.[10]

Major intersections

Note: mileposts do not reflect actual mileage due to realignments.
County Location Mile[11] 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

References


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