Oregon Route 216

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Oregon Route 216 marker

Oregon Route 216
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 61.30 mi (98.65 km)
Existed: 1952 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 26.svg US 26 in Warm Springs Junction
  US 197.svg US 197 near Maupin
US 197.svg US 197 in Tygh Valley
East end: US 97.svg US 97 in Grass Valley
Highway system
OR 214 OR 217

Oregon Route 216 is an Oregon state highway running from U.S. Route 26 at Warm Springs Junction to U.S. Route 97 in Grass Valley. OR 216 is 61.30 miles (98.65 km) long and runs east–west.

Route description[edit]

OR 216 begins at an intersection with US 26 at Warm Springs Junction on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. It heads east along the border between the reservation and Mt. Hood National Forest, then continues through Pine Grove, and past Wapinitia to an intersection with U.S. Route 197 about two miles (3 km) west of Maupin. At this intersection, OR 216 overlaps U.S. 197 and continues north to Tygh Valley. The concurrency ends at Tygh Valley, and OR 216 continues east to Grass Valley, ending at an intersection with US 97.

Highways comprising[edit]

OR 216 comprises the following named highways (see Oregon highways and routes):

Start of Oregon Route 216

History[edit]

The Wapinitia Highway was originally designated part of OR 50. In 1950, it was redesignated OR 52, as the OR 50 designation was moved to the Warm Springs Highway No. 53, and is now part of US 26. In 1952, when the former OR 90 was renumbered OR 52 to conform to its intersection with ID 52, the Wapinitia Highway was renumbered as part of OR 216.

The Sherars Bridge Highway can be traced to a bridge over the Deschutes River, built in 1860 and rebuilt in 1862. Joseph Sherar and his wife, Jane, bought the log bridge in 1871, replaced it with a wooden toll bridge, and improved 60 miles (97 km) of an existing wagon road that crossed the bridge.[1] The bridge was purchased by Deschutes County in 1912, the modern highway built some time thereafter.

Major intersections[edit]

Highway Milepost City Intersection
Wapinitia 0.18 Warm Springs Junction US 26
Wapinitia / The Dalles-California 26.03 / 42.43 Near Maupin US 197 (Begin concurrency)
The Dalles-California / Sherars Bridge 33.89 / -0.05 Tygh Valley US 197 (End concurrency)
Sherars Bridge 28.42 Grass Valley US 97

Related routes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larson, Zeb (2009). "Jane Sherar (1848–1907) and Joseph Sherar (1833–1908". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Portland State University. Retrieved August 15, 2013.