U.S. Route 26 in Oregon
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length:||471.56 mi (758.90 km)|
|West end:||US 101 near Seaside|
|US 20 in Vale|
|East end:||US-20 / US-26 at the Idaho state line|
|Counties:||Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Wasco, Jefferson, Crook, Wheeler, Grant, Baker, & Malheur|
In the U.S. state of Oregon, U.S. Route 26 is a major cross-state state highway, connecting U.S. Route 101 on the Oregon Coast near Seaside with the Idaho state line east of Nyssa. Local highway names (see Oregon highways and routes) include the Sunset Highway No. 47, Mount Hood Highway No. 26, and John Day Highway No. 5.
The westernmost segment, known as the Sunset Highway No. 47, heads southeast from US 101 near Seaside to Portland. (Prior to 2004, its origin was near Astoria and continued south to Seaside concurrent with US 101.) The Sunset Highway becomes a freeway near Banks, serving Washington County suburbs of Portland such as North Plains, Hillsboro, and Beaverton.
In Portland, the route overlaps Interstate 405 (Stadium Freeway No. 61) for a short distance before exiting onto city streets, including Arthur Street, to reach the Ross Island Bridge. (Prior to 2005, US 26 ran through downtown Portland on the one-way couplet of Market and Clay Streets, which carry the Sunset Highway to its end at Naito Parkway (Pacific Highway West No. 1W), turning south there to reach the bridge.) US 26 leaves the bridge, which is at the beginning of the Mount Hood Highway No. 26, and follows Powell Boulevard, a surface street, to Gresham.
There were plans to construct a freeway alignment of US 26 — the Mount Hood Freeway — to bypass Powell Boulevard; however this project was canceled as a result of the freeway revolts in the 1970s. A few ramp stubs from Interstate 5 (on the Marquam Bridge) stand as evidence of this project. Roadway connections between the Portland freeway network and Mount Hood remain a big problem, as there is no good direct highway connection. The proposed Sunrise Corridor may eventually offer a long-term solution; however construction of this route is several years off.
An expressway begins near Gresham and carries US 26 southeast to near Sandy. From Sandy to near Government Camp and Bennett Pass, where US 26 intersects Oregon Route 35, it closely follows the historic Barlow Road through the Mount Hood Corridor, and is part of the Mount Hood Scenic Byway. The Mount Hood Highway branches off to the north along OR 35, and the Warm Springs Highway No. 53 carried US 26 southeast through Blue Box Pass, the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, and Agency Plains to Madras. After a short overlap with US 97 (The Dalles-California Highway No. 4), the short Madras-Prineville Highway No. 360 continues southeast to a junction with OR 126 in Prineville.
At that junction, US 26 picks up the Ochoco Highway No. 41, which also follows OR 126 west to US 97 in Redmond. The Ochoco Highway ends at OR 19 near Dayville, from which US 26 follows the John Day Highway No. 5 through John Day to US 20 in Vale. The remainder of US 26 in Oregon overlaps US 20 on the Central Oregon Highway No. 7 to the Idaho state line.
An ancient trail passed through the section of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation as part of an extensive Indian trade network linking peoples of the northern Great Basin and Columbia Plateau to those living west of the Cascade Range. Obsidian, bear grass, and slaves were transported over these trails to major trading locations along the Columbia River in exchange for dried salmon, smelt, sturgeon, and decorative sea shells. The long established route was later used by Peter Skene Ogden's fur trapping expeditions in 1825 and 1826. Fur trader Nathaniel Wyeth was here in the 1830s. Captain John C. Frémont followed this route on his 1843 explorations for the United States and Lieutenant Henry Larcom Abbot headed a Pacific Railroad survey party along it in 1855.
|This section requires expansion. (May 2008)|
- Note: US 26 uses many different highways (see Oregon highways and routes); the milepoint column shows mileage along these highways, not adjusted for equations, with the highway number in front.
|Clatsop||Cannon Beach Junction||47 -0.10||US 101 – Seaside, Astoria, Cannon Beach, Tillamook||Interchange|
|Necanicum Junction||47 9.42||OR 53 – Wheeler, Tillamook|
|Jewell Junction||47 21.78||OR 103 north – Mist, Jewell||Interchange|
|Washington||Staleys Junction||47 45.51||OR 47 north – Vernonia, Clatskanie||West end of OR 47 overlap|
|Davies Junction||47 49.47||OR 47 south – Banks, Forest Grove||Interchange; east end of OR 47 overlap|
|Tillamook Junction||47 53.33||OR 6 – Banks, Tillamook||Interchange; no westbound entrance|
|47 53.62||West end of freeway|
|47 55.19||55||Dersham Road – Mountaindale|
|North Plains||47 57.16||57||Glencoe Road – North Plains|
|47 58.74||59||Jackson School Road|
|Hillsboro||47 61.06||61||Helvetia Road, Brookwood Parkway|
|47 62.46||62||Cornelius Pass Road – Cornelius Pass, West Union||Signed as exits 62A (south) and 62B (north) westbound|
|47 64.29||64||185th Avenue – PCC-Rock Creek|
|65||Bethany Boulevard, Cornell Road|
|47 67.14||67||Murray Boulevard|
|47 68.34||68||Cedar Hills Boulevard – Beaverton|
|47 69.19||69A||OR 217 south to I-5 south – Beaverton, Tigard, Salem|
|47 69.21||69B||Park Way, Barnes Road|
|47 70.83||71A||OR 8 (Canyon Road)||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Multnomah||Portland||47 71.30||71B||Sylvan||Signed as exit 71 eastbound|
|47 72.18||72||Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center|
|47 73.39||73||Canyon Road – PGE Park||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|47 73.53||Vista Ridge Tunnels|
|47 73.75||74||Market Street (Sunset Highway east) – Portland City Center||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|I-405 north to I-5 north / US 30 – St. Helens, Seattle||West end of I-405 overlap|
|61 1.39||12th Avenue||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|I-405 south to I-5 south / I-84 east / US 30 – The Dalles, Salem, Portland Airport||East end of I-405 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|East end of freeway|
|Broadway Drive – Council Crest||No access from US 26 west|
|6th Avenue, Terwilliger Boulevard – Portland City Center, Keller Auditorium, Oregon Health & Science University, University and V.A. Hospitals|
|Naito Parkway (Pacific Highway West north)||Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|26 0.18||OR 10 west (Barbur Boulevard)||Interchange|
|26 0.45||OR 43 south (Macadam Avenue) to I-5 south – Lake Oswego, Salem||Interchange|
|26 0.76||Ross Island Bridge over the Willamette River|
|26 1.01||OR 99E – Milwaukie, Oregon City||Interchange; eastbound exit to OR 99E north is via 17th Avenue south|
|26 1.60||17th Avenue south||Interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|26 1.76||17th Avenue north||Westbound exit only|
|26 5.04||OR 213 (82nd Avenue)|
|26 5.74||I-205 / Division Street – Seattle, Salem|
|Gresham||26 14.18||To I-84 / Burnside Road, Powell Valley Road|
|Clackamas||26 19.54||OR 212 – Boring, Oregon City||Interchange|
|Sandy||26 24.40||OR 211 – Estacada, Molalla|
|26 54.23||Timberline Lodge National Historic Landmark (OR 173)|
|OR 35 north – Hood River||Interchange|
|Wasco||53 71.27||OR 216 – Bear Springs Ranger Station, Maupin, The Dalles|
|US 97 north – The Dalles, Biggs||West end of US 97 overlap|
|4 92.46||D Street (OR 361) – Metolius, The Cove Palisades State Park|
|US 97 south – Redmond, Bend||East end of US 97 overlap|
|OR 126 west – Redmond, Bend|
|41 18.75||OR 27 – Bowman Dam|
|41 19.75||Prineville Reservoir, Paulina (OR 380)|
|Wheeler||Mitchell||41 65.94||OR 207 – Spray, Service Creek, Fossil|
|OR 19 north – Kimberly, Spray|
|Mount Vernon||5 154.03||US 395 north – Long Creek, Pendleton||West end of US 395 overlap|
|John Day||5 162.29||US 395 south – Canyon City, Burns||East end of US 395 overlap|
|Austin Junction||5 190.67||OR 7 – Sumpter, Baker City|
|Baker||5 210.54||OR 245 – Hereford, Baker City|
|Eldorado Pass||5 223.22|
|US 20 west – Vale City Center, Burns, Adrian||West end of US 20 overlap|
|Cairo Junction||7 258.20||OR 201 north to I-84 – Ontario||West end of OR 201 overlap|
|Nyssa||7 265.97||OR 201 south – Adrian, Lake Owyhee||East end of OR 201 overlap|
|7 266.82||Idaho state line|
- "US Route 20 in Oregon".
- Oregon History sign, Indian Trails, located at 44.863983°,-121.311867°
- Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Road Inventory (primarily the Digital Video Log), accessed March 2008
- "U.S. 26: Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange Project". Oregon Department of Transportation. Oregon.gov. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
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