Oregon Route 224

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Oregon Route 224 marker

Oregon Route 224
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length49.12 mi[citation needed] (79.05 km)
Major junctions
West end OR 99E in Milwaukie
  OR 213 in Clackamas
I-205 in Clackamas
OR 212 in Happy Valley
OR 211 in Estacada
East end FH 46 / FH 57 in Ripplebrook
Highway system
OR 223OR 225

Oregon Route 224 is a state highway which runs through some of Portland's southeastern suburbs and ends in the Cascades.

Route description[edit]

The northwestern terminus is an interchange with OR 99E in Milwaukie, a suburb of Portland. It continues east as the Milwaukie Expressway, but is formally part of the Clackamas Highway No. 171 (see Oregon highways and routes), until it reaches Interstate 205 in Clackamas, where traffic is directed along the interstate for less than a mile. The concurrency with Interstate 205 is part of the East Portland Freeway No. 64. Then, the highway continues east as a four-lane arterial, resuming its designation as the Clackamas Highway, and which it shares with OR 212. East of Clackamas, OR 224 splits off OR 212, and continues south as the Clackamas Highway, passing through hilly farmland. About eight miles (13 km) north of Estacada, it overlaps OR 211. On the eastern edge of Estacada, OR 224 separates from OR 211, and heads southeast into the Mount Hood National Forest, to the small community of Ripplebrook, its southeastern terminus, where state highway maintenance ends. Drivers may continue along the paved United States Forest Service Road 46 to OR 22 in Detroit, though snow makes the road impassable approximately early November through early May. USFS Road 46 was formerly signed as a portion of OR 224,[citation needed] but was never a state-maintained highway.

History[edit]

This is the 2nd route in Oregon with the designation 224. There was an earlier version of OR 224 connecting US 99W (modern Oregon Route 99W) 3 miles (5 km) south of Monmouth to Oregon Route 223 near Lewisville following today's Elkins Rd. In those days, Oregon Route 223 followed today's Airlie Rd and Maple Grove Rd between Falls City and Pedee). This incarnation of OR 224 existed from the inception of the Oregon Route System in 1932 until sometime between 1942 and 1944.

Sunrise Expressway[edit]

The Sunrise Expressway (known as Sunrise Corridor during construction) is a limited-access highway in Clackamas. It serves as an extension of the Milwaukie Expressway portion of OR 224. Planning for the expressway started in the 1980s. Plans weren't approved until 2010, with construction starting in 2013. Costing $130 million, the expressway opened on July 1, 2016. A multi-use path for use by bicyclists and pedestrians was constructed along the highway. It is the newest highway constructed in the Portland metropolitan area since OR 213 bypassed Oregon City in 1989.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

Milepoints are as reported by ODOT and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. Z indicates overlapping mileage due to construction longer than established route, and – indicates negative mileage behind established beginning point.[3] Segments that are locally maintained may be omitted. For routes traversing multiple named state highways, each milepoint is preceded by the corresponding state highway number. The entire route is in Clackamas County.

LocationMilepoint[2]DestinationsNotes
Milwaukie171 0.11 OR 99E – Portland, Oregon CityWest end of limited-access
171 2.42Lake Road, Harmony Road
Clackamas171 3.88 OR 213 north (82nd Avenue)
75 4.24 I-205 / OR 213 south – Oregon City, Portland
Happy Valley75 6.26
171 6.56
OR 212 west – Oregon CityEast end of limited-access; west end of OR 212 overlap
Damascus171 8.19 OR 212 east to US 26 – Damascus, Mount HoodEast end of OR 212 overlap
Eagle Creek171 17.92 OR 211 north – Sandy, Mount HoodWest end of OR 211 overlap
Estacada171 23.36 OR 211 south – Molalla, WoodburnEast end of OR 211 overlap
Ripplebrook171 49.97 FH 46 / FH 57
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Njus, Elliot (June 30, 2016). "First new Portland-area highway in nearly 3 decades to open in Clackamas". The Oregonian. Portland, OR. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services. "Straightline Charts". Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services (July 2017). "Straightline Chart Legend" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 7, 2018.