Oregon Route 35

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Oregon Route 35 marker

Oregon Route 35
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 41.54 mi[1] (66.85 km)
Component
highways:
  • Mt. Hood Highway No. 26
  • Historic Columbia River Highway No. 100
Major junctions
South end: US 26 near Government Camp
  US 30 near Hood River
North end: I-84 / US 30 in Hood River
Location
Counties: Clackamas, Hood River
Highway system
OR 34 OR 36
SR 31 WA-35.svg SR 41

Oregon Route 35 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Oregon, running between Government Camp on the slopes of Mount Hood and the city of Hood River. OR 35 traverses part of the Mt. Hood Highway No. 26 (Mount Hood Scenic Byway) and part of the Historic Columbia River Highway No. 100 of the Oregon state highway system.[2] Along the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River, the route is silently concurrent with U.S. Route 30.

Route description[edit]

Oregon 35 starts a few miles east of Government Camp, at an interchange with U.S. 26. It then winds around the southeastern side of the mountain, providing access to several ski resorts, snow-parks, hiking trails, campgrounds, and other recreational facilities. After rounding the eastern slope of the mountain, the highway descends into the Hood River valley, a farming community famous for its produce, in particular, apples and cherries. In the valley the route passes through the communities of Mount Hood, Lenz and Pine Grove.

At the bottom of the valley lies the city of Hood River, popular for windsurfing because of the high winds often present in the Columbia River Gorge. OR 35 provides access to the downtown core, via U.S. Route 30. OR 35 ends at an interchange with Interstate 84, just south of the Hood River Bridge over the Columbia River near Washington State Route 14.

Southern terminus at US 26

History[edit]


Timeline of washouts since 1907.

In 1997, Washington proposed a new or improved transportation crossing of the Columbia River to connect Washington State Route 14 with Oregon Route 35 or I-84. It designated this crossing "State Route 35" and publicly announced a plan to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement about the proposal in early 2001.[3][4] A feasibility study for the SR-35 Columbia River Crossing was completed in September 2004.[5] Due to costs, no further progress has been made on the proposal; instead, the Port of Hood River spent $8 million of its Bridge Repair and Replacement Fund on replacing the bridge's steel deck, underlying stringers and guardrails.[6]

History of washouts[edit]

OR 35 has had a history of washouts dating back to August 1907, with 20 closures due to washouts, five of which have occurred since September 1998.[7]

The most recent closure took place on November 7, 2006, involving a section of the highway from milepost 57 to milepost 80. As in the past, the closure was caused by overflow of the White River and the build-up of debris in the White River Canyon which subsequently flows down and overwhelms the highway.[8] This washout, the worst in memory, cut off access to Mount Hood Meadows in both directions, moved the White River course north and east to the bed of Green Apple Creek, and buried—sometimes 20–30 feet deep—two recreational parking lots, miles of cross-country skiing and hiking trails, and several small Forest Service roads.[7]

Repair work was anticipated to be completed by December 15, 2006.[9][10][11] The route was reopened December 9, a week ahead of schedule.[12]

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.[13] For routes traversing multiple named state highways, each milepoint is preceded by the corresponding state highway number. 

County Location[1] Milepoint[1] Destinations Notes
Clackamas 26 57.20 US 26 west – Portland
US 26 east – Madras, Bend
Interchange
ClackamasHood River
county line
26 59.67 Skyline Trail
Hood River 26 59.78 Barlow Pass summit, elevation 4,161 feet (1,268 m)
26 61.71 White River
26 63.76 Bennett Pass summit, elevation 4,647 feet (1,416 m)
26 63.80 Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Bennett Pass Sno-Park Interchange
26 68.23 East Fork Hood River
26 73.26 East Fork Hood River
26 77.65 East Fork Hood River
Mount Hood 26 85.02 OR 281 north – Parkdale, Cooper Spur
26 92.33 Viewpoint
26 95.25 OR 282 west – Odell
26 101.82
100 51.26
US 30 east to I-84 / Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail – Portland Southern end of silent concurrency with US 30
100 51.10 Hood River
Hood River 100 50.12 OR 281 (13th Street)
100 48.91–
100 48.66
I-84 / US 30 west – The Dalles, Portland Northern end of silent concurrency with US 30
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "Straightline Charts". Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "2012 Cross Reference Table of Highway Route Number to State Highway Number" (PDF). Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ [http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2001/February/Day-27/i4706.htm Environmental Impact Statement: Klickitat and Skamania Counties, Washington and Hood River County, Oregon | Federal Register Environmental Documents | United States Environmental Protection Agency website
  4. ^ SR-35 Study: Public Open House Summary, 12-Oct-00 from rtc.wa.gov
  5. ^ SR-35 Columbia River Bridge Feasibility Study from rtc.wa.gov
  6. ^ Bridge Closure FAQs from portofhoodriver.com
  7. ^ a b Mount Hood vs. ODOT, a November 26, 2006 article from The Oregonian
  8. ^ Swollen, bruised state slogs on, a November 9, 2006 article from The Oregonian
  9. ^ Mid-December Projected For Opening Of Hwy 35 And Mount Hood Meadows a November 17, 2006 story from Oregon Public Broadcasting
  10. ^ http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/news/RebuildingOregon35.pdf
  11. ^ Photos of the November 2006 washout from the Oregon Department of Transportation
  12. ^ http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/news/Hwy35reopens120406.pdf
  13. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "Straightline Chart Legend" (PDF). Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 29, 2015.