U.S. Route 30 in Oregon

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U.S. Route 30 marker

U.S. Route 30
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 477.02 mi[1] (767.69 km)
(using the entire Huntington Highway through Lime)
Major junctions
West end: US 101 in Astoria
 

I-405 in Portland
I-5 in Portland

I-84 from Hood River to Idaho
East end: I-84 / US-30 at the Idaho state line
Highway system
OR 27 OR 31

In the U.S. state of Oregon, U.S. Route 30, a major east–west U.S. Highway, runs from its western terminus in Astoria to the Idaho border east of Ontario. West of Portland, US 30 generally follows the southern shore of the Columbia River; east of Portland the highway has largely been replaced with Interstate 84, though it is signed all the way across the state, and diverges from the I-84 mainline in several towns, as a de facto business route. (The state of Oregon does not sign Interstate business routes; instead it uses the designations US 30 and Oregon Route 99 (along the Interstate 5 corridor) for this purpose.)

Route description[edit]

Astoria to Portland[edit]

1937 sketch including Columbia River Highway (now U.S. Route 30) as it passes west of Sauvie Island, northwest of Portland

The western terminus of US 30 is in Astoria, at an intersection with U.S. Route 101. US 101 southbound from the intersection goes down the length of the Oregon Coast, northbound US 101 crosses the Astoria-Megler Bridge into Washington state. US 30 proceeds east through the intersection, through downtown Astoria, and then along the southern bank of the Columbia.

East of Astoria, US 30 is known as the Lower Columbia River Highway No. 2W (see Oregon highways and routes), a designation which it carries until Portland.

Between Astoria and Portland, the highway passes through (or by) numerous Columbia River towns, such as Svensen, Knappa, Wauna, and Westport. In Westport, one can use the Wahkiakum County Ferry to cross the Columbia to Puget Island and Cathlamet, Washington.

Continuing east, the highway passes through the communities of Woodson and Clatskanie. East of Clatskanie, the highway runs inland from the river a bit, approaching the town of Rainier, Oregon.

Just before Rainier is an interchange providing access to the Lewis and Clark Bridge, which crosses the Columbia to Longview, Washington. After Rainier, the highway turns south, following a bend in the river, and runs parallel to Interstate 5 (which is across the river on the Washington side). Towns along the way include Goble, Deer Island, Columbia City, and St. Helens.

South of Deer Island, US 30 becomes an expressway, known locally as St. Helens Road. The highway proceeds through the towns of Warren, Scappoose, and Burlington (as well as passing by the access road to Sauvie Island) before entering Portland. East of Scappoose is the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

Portland area[edit]

In northwest Portland, US 30 is sandwiched between Forest Park to the west and the Willamette River to the east. South of the Linnton area, U.S. Route 30 Bypass heads east across the St. Johns Bridge. US 30 continues south along St. Helens Road, then later on Yeon Avenue through an industrial area as it approaches downtown. On the edge of downtown Portland, US 30 briefly becomes a freeway, utilizing part of the route of the cancelled Interstate 505, until its interchange with I-405 at the western end of the Fremont Bridge.

US 30 crosses the Fremont Bridge (along with I-405), on the Stadium Freeway No. 61; at the eastern end of the bridge it joins Interstate 5 south for approximately one mile on the Pacific Highway No. 1 and then joins the Banfield Expressway (I-84), where it becomes the Columbia River Highway No. 2. For the remainder of its route in the Portland area, US 30 shares an alignment with I-84. I-84 passes through the eastern Portland suburbs of Fairview, Wood Village, Gresham, and Troutdale in this fashion.

US 30 Bypass is the Northeast Portland Highway No. 123. It runs along the following streets before rejoining US 30 in Fairview:

N.W. Bridge Street, N. Philadelphia Avenue, N. Ivanhoe Street, N. Richmond Avenue, N. Lombard Street, N.E. Lombard Street, N.E. Portland Highway, N.E. Killingsworth Street, N.E. Columbia Boulevard, and N.E. Sandy Boulevard.

U.S. Route 30 Business is a spur from US 30 Bypass northeast of downtown southwest across I-84/US 30 to Oregon Route 99E east of downtown, just east of the Burnside Bridge. It has not rejoined US 30 on its west end since US 30 was moved onto I-405 and I-5 around downtown.

Former alignment[edit]

Before the interstates were built, US 30 ran on Saint Helens Road to the Willamette Heights section of Portland, then on Wardway St, then Vaughn St, then NW 18th & 19th Avenues, then Burnside Street (now BR 30), then Sandy Blvd.

East of Portland[edit]

US 30 runs mostly along I-84 in Oregon east of Portland, diverting to short segments of the old surface route to act as a business route or scenic route for I-84:

The sections concurrent with I-84 are part of the Columbia River Highway No. 2 west of U.S. Route 730 at Boardman and part of the Old Oregon Trail No. 6 east of U.S. Route 730.

There is also a U.S. Route 30 Business signed in the Ontario area. This is part of the Olds Ferry-Ontario Highway No. 455.

History[edit]

Interstate 505
Location: Portland
Length: 1.44 mi (2.32 km)

In 1988, U.S. 30 was realigned along NW Yeon Avenue in Portland to alleviate residential congestion. The new route utilized an interchange with I-405 that was intended for a proposed Interstate 505. The proposed interstate was intended to be a 1.44-mile (2.32 km) freeway spur in northwest Portland that would have connected I-405 to St. Helens Road, the latter being the original route for U.S. 30. The freeway was canceled in 1979 after plans were withdrawn, as it would have required condemnation and rerouting streets on a swath of land through the Northwest Industrial neighborhood.

Communities passed through[edit]

The highway passes through the following cities and communities in Oregon:

Major intersections[edit]

Note: US 30 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. The mile column shows the exact distance from the beginning of the road. Not all interchanges on I-84 east of I-205 are shown. For a complete list of interchanges, see the Interstate 84 exit list.
County Location Milepoint[1] Mile # Destinations Notes
Clatsop Astoria 2W 99.34 0.00 US 101 – Seaside, Ilwaco, Long Beach
Westport 2W 70.66 26.81 Westport Ferry Road – Wahkiakum County Ferry
Columbia Clatskanie 2W 61.70 35.77 OR 47 south – Mist, Vernonia, Jewell
Rainier 2W 48.67 47.72 Longview, Seattle (via Lewis and Clark Bridge) Interchange
Multnomah 2W 13.19 83.2 Cornelius Pass Road Southbound only
Portland 2W 6.93 89.34
US 30 Byp. east (St. Johns Bridge)
2W 1.97 93.91 Nicolai Street – Montgomery Park
2W 1.97 93.91 West end of freeway
All overlaps with Interstates are freeways
2W 1.69 94.19 Vaughn Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
2W 1.36
61 3.08
94.52-
94.81
I-405 south to US 26 – Portland City Center, Beaverton, Salem West end of I-405 overlap
61 3.32 95.05 Fremont Bridge over the Willamette River
61 3.57 95.30 Kerby Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
61 4.00
1 302.91
95.30-
95.73
I-5 north – Seattle East end of I-405 overlap; west end of I-5 overlap
1 302.35 96.29 302A Broadway, Weidler Street – Rose Quarter, Portland City Center
1 302.04 96.60 Oregon Convention Center, Rose Quarter Westbound exit only
1 301.91
2 0.00
96.73 I-5 south – Beaverton, Salem, Portland City Center East end of I-5 overlap; west end of I-84 overlap
2 0.46 97.19 OR 99E Eastbound entrance only
2 0.92 97.65 1 Lloyd Center Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
2 2.16 98.89 1 33rd Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2 2.55 99.28 2 39th Avenue, 43rd Avenue Former US 30 Bus.
2 3.69 100.42 3 60th Avenue No westbound exit
2 4.26 100.99 4 Halsey Street, 68th Avenue Eastbound exit only
2 5.01 101.74 5 OR 213 (82nd Avenue) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2 5.76 102.49 6 I-205 south – Salem Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2 5.86 102.59 7 Halsey Street – Gateway District Eastbound exit only
2 6.59 103.32 8 I-205 north – Seattle, Portland Airport Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2 6.74 103.47 9 102nd Avenue – Parkrose Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2 7.10 103.83 9 I-205Seattle, Salem Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Fairview 2 14.41 108.81 14 Fairview Parkway (to US 30 Byp. west)
Dodson 2 35.14 129.54 35 Historic Columbia River Highway west – Ainsworth State Park
Hood River Cascade Locks 2 43.38
100 30.00
137.78 I-84 east – The Dalles Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; east end of I-84 overlap
100 30.46 138.24 Bridge of the GodsStevenson
100 31.28
2HX 44.50
139.06 Forest Lane (Historic Columbia River Highway east)
2 45.33 139.89 I-84 west – Portland Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of I-84 overlap
2 47.31 141.87 47 Forest Lane (Historic Columbia River Highway west) – Herman Creek Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Hood River 2 61.81
100 48.68
156.37 I-84 east – The Dalles East end of I-84 overlap
100 50.12 157.81 13th Street (OR 281)
100 51.26
2DU 64.07
158.95 OR 35 / Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail east – Odell, Parkdale, Mount Hood
Hood River 2DU 64.39
2 64.43
159.27-
159.53
I-84 west / Hood River Bridge – Portland, Bingen, White Salmon West end of I-84 overlap
Wasco Mosier 2 69.63 164.47 I-84 east – The Dalles East end of I-84 overlap
2IA 70.00
100 57.53
164.84 Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail west
Rowena 100 66.52 173.83 To I-84 – The Dalles, Hood River, Mayer State Park
100 72.24 176.55 To I-84Port of The Dalles
The Dalles 292 16.77 181.19 I-84 – Pendleton, Portland, Port of The Dalles Interchange
292 18.74 183.16 To I-84 Interchange
292 20.24
4 0.93
184.66 US 197 south – Dufur, Bend West end of US 197 overlap
4 0.69
2 87.23
184.90-
185.15
I-84 west / US 197 north – The Dalles, Portland, Yakima East end of US 197 overlap; west end of I-84 overlap
2 97.14 195.06 97 OR 206Celilo Park, Deschutes State Park
Sherman 2 104.56 202.48 104 US 97Yakima, Bend
Gilliam Arlington 2 137.82 235.74 137 OR 19 – Arlington, Condon
Heppner 2 147.35 245.27 147 OR 74 – Ione, Heppner
Morrow 6 167.95 265.87 168 US 730 – Irrigon
Umatilla 6 179.45 277.37 179 I-82 west – Hermiston, Umatilla, Kennewick
6 182.86 280.78 182 OR 207 – Hermiston, Lexington
6 188.84 286.76 188 US 395 north – Stanfield, Echo, Hermiston West end of US 395 overlap
6 193.53 291.45 193 Echo Road (Lexington-Echo Highway) – Echo, Lexington
Pendleton 6 207.10
67 -0.03
305.02 I-84 east / US 395 south – La Grande East end of I-84 overlap
67 2.08 307.13 OR 37 north – Holdman
67 2.61 307.66 To US 395 south – Pilot Rock, John Day
67 3.92 308.97 OR 11 south to I-84 / US 395 – Portland, La Grande West end of OR 11 overlap
67 4.62 309.67 OR 11 north – Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla East end of OR 11 overlap
67 5.33 310.38 Mission Road – Mission, Indian Agency, Gibbon Interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
67 6.60
6 213.37
311.65 I-84 west – Portland West end of I-84 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
6 216.05 314.33 216 Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla (OR 331)
Union 6 252.83 351.11 252 OR 244 – Starkey, Ukiah
6 259.19
66 -0.08
357.47 I-84 east – Baker City, Ontario East end of I-84 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
La Grande 66 2.19 359.74 OR 82 to I-84 – Elgin, Wallowa Lake
66 5.73
6 265.26
362.86-
363.27
I-84 west / OR 203 south – Pendleton, Union West end of I-84 overlap
North Powder 6 285.69
66 32.32
383.52-
383.70
I-84 east / OR 237 – Baker City, North Powder East end of I-84 overlap
Baker Baker City 66 51.79 403.17 OR 7 north to I-84 – Richland, La Grande, Hells Canyon West end of OR 7 overlap
66 52.04 403.41 OR 7 south – Salisbury, Unity, John Day East end of OR 7 overlap
66 54.46
6 306.78
405.84 I-84 west – La Grande West end of I-84 overlap
6 342.52
449 0.00
441.58 I-84 east – Ontario East end of I-84 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
449 3.26 444.84 I-84 – Baker City, Ontario Interchange
Malheur 449 11.09
6 353.29
452.67 I-84 west – Baker City West end of I-84 overlap
6 356.17 455.55 356 OR 201Weiser Former US 30N east
6 374.55 473.93 374 OR 201 (US 30 Bus. east) to US 20 / US 26 – Ontario, Weiser, Vale
Ontario 6 376.90
455Y 27.65
476.02-
476.28

I-84 east / US 30 Bus. west to US 20 / US 26Boise, Ontario, Vale
455Y 28.39 477.02 Bridge over the Snake River (state line)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Road Inventory (primarily the Digital Video Log), accessed March 2008

External links[edit]


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