Oregon Route 212

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For the unsigned Highway 212, see Halsey-Sweet Home Highway.

Oregon Route 212 marker

Oregon Route 212
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-205 (big).svgOR 213.svg I-205/OR 213 in Clackamas
  OR 224.svg OR 224 in Clackamas
East end: US 26.svg US 26 near Boring
Highway system
OR 211 OR 213

Oregon Route 212 is an Oregon state highway that serves the eastern Portland metro area. It is an east–west route, running between Boring and Clackamas.

Route description[edit]

"Boring/Oregon City" sign at OR 212/US 26 interchange

OR 212 begins east of Boring and northwest of Sandy at an interchange with U.S. Route 26. OR 212 heads west, through the small town of Boring, and through the small city of Damascus. On the route between these two towns are numerous intersections with backroads that lead to Gresham, Portland's biggest eastern suburb. The sides of this route are covered in farms and berry fields. This section of OR 212 is the Clackamas-Boring Highway No. 174 (see Oregon highways and routes).

After Damascus, the highway intersects with OR 224, just east of Clackamas. It quickly becomes four lanes (two in each direction) as it speeds past warehouses in the Portland suburb, marked as both OR 212 and OR 224. After several miles, which are heavily traveled by trucks, the highway comes to its western terminus, at an intersection with Interstate 205 and OR 213. This section of OR 212 is part of the Clackamas Highway No. 171.

Plans are in the works to build a new alignment of OR 212 between I-205 and US 26; this new route (called the Sunrise Corridor) is expected to be (at least for the westernmost segment) a freeway.[1]

Towns and cities along the route[edit]

Road sign on Oregon Route 212

Intersections with other highways[edit]

  • U.S. Route 26 east of Boring
  • OR 224 east of Clackamas (segment is shared with OR 224)
  • Interstate 205 and OR 213 in Clackamas

History[edit]

A previous alignment through Boring ran due west onto Fireman Way, curving south onto 272nd.

Two junctions with 257th Ave give away an old alignment. OR 212 traveled due west on the eastern junction with 257th, curving south to meet the western junction.

Armstrong Circle at 172nd is a previous alignment.

Before the construction of I-205, OR 212 continued west on a shared alignment with OR 213 to Oregon City. There, it crossed the Willamette River into West Linn and continued west to Tualatin where it eventually terminated at an intersection with OR 99W. This section replaced the original Oregon Route 244, but was eventually decommissioned after I-205 was completed; however the entire route can still be driven (other than a now-closed bridge across the Clackamas River which used to connect Oregon City with Gladstone, Oregon).

Before US 26 was rerouted, it used to run on Orient Drive. OR 212 traveled this brief segment of Compton Road before the US 26 realignment shortened it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Under a contract with the state, Macquarie, the largest toll road operator in the world, is also exploring toll roads as a way to pay for widening the southern portion of Interstate 205 and a new Sunrise Corridor highway from I-205 toward Damascus." http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1146375113146680.xml&coll=7

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