Oregon Route 39

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Oregon Route 39 marker

Oregon Route 39
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 23.64 mi (38.04 km)
Major junctions
South end: California 139.svg California 161.svg SR 139 and SR 161 near Merrill
  OR 140.svg OR 140 in Klamath Falls
US 97.svg US 97 Business in Klamath Falls
North end: US 97.svg US 97 in Klamath Falls
Highway system
OR 38 OR 42

Oregon Route 39 is an Oregon state highway that runs between the city of Klamath Falls in Southern Oregon, and the California border between Merrill, Oregon, and Tulelake, California.

Route description[edit]

Oregon Route 39 begins at an interchange with U.S. Route 97, north of downtown Klamath Falls, and just west of the main campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology. For the first 5 miles (8.0 km) of its existence, it is an urban expressway, known locally as either Kit Carson Way or as the East Side Bypass, that skirts the eastern edge of Klamath Falls. The northernmost mile or so is shared with U.S. Route 97 Business, which departs from OR 39 and heads downtown via Esplanade Street.

East of the junction with Main Street, OR 39 continues in a southeasterly direction, skirting the main business district. The East Side Bypass ends at an intersection with 6th Street (OR 39 Business[citation needed]), in the eastern suburb of Altamont. OR 39 then heads east-southeast on 6th street for several more miles, until an intersection with Oregon Route 140. From U.S. Route 97, including the concurrency with U.S. 97 Business, to its departure from OR 140, including the concurrency, OR 39 consists of concurrent parts of the Klamath Falls-Malin Highway No. 50 (see Oregon highways and routes) and the Klamath Falls-Lakeview Highway No. 20.

At that intersection, OR 39 then turns due south, and is now known as the Klamath Falls-Malin Highway. OR 39 shares an alignment with OR 140 for about two miles (3 km), until OR 140 west diverges once again as the Southside Expressway. OR 39 then leave the Klamath Falls metropolitan area, and heads south-southeast for about 12 miles (19 km), until it reaches the town of Merrill. The highway then turns due east, running parallel to the California border. About 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Merrill, OR 39 and the Klamath Falls-Malin Highway depart; with the latter continuing east towards Malin, and OR 39 turning southeast. It runs southeast for 2 more miles as the Hatfield Highway No. 426 ending at the California border. The highway continues into California as State Route 139, which continues on to Tulelake, Canby, California, and other points in Northern California. At the state line is an intersection with State Route 161. Via State Route 299 and U.S. Route 395, one may continue on to Reno, Nevada.


At one point in the past, OR 39 (or its predecessor) continued east into Malin, Oregon from the junction between Malin and Merrill; then headed southeast (reuniting with SR 139 south of Tulelake, CA). This stretch of road continues to be known as the Klamath Falls-Malin Highway within Oregon, and has an ODOT Highway number (not a route number) of 50. It is unclear whether or not this highway will ever be signed.

Prior to the construction of the Eastside Bypass, OR 39 used to run through Klamath Falls via 6th Street, through downtown, exiting downtown via Oregon Avenue. (This also was a prior alignment for Oregon Route 140; Oregon Avenue continues west past US 97, until it ends at a junction with OR 140 west of town. Portions of this route are currently signed as OR 39 Business.[citation needed])

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Klamath County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
18.93 30.46 SR 139 south – Tulelake
SR 161 west – Dorris
SR 161 is the California state line; SR 139 continues into California
16.51 26.57 Malin (Klamath Falls-Malin Highway)
1.78 2.86 OR 140 west to US 97 – Medford Southern end of OR 140 overlap
Altamont 0.00 0.00 OR 140 east – Dairy, Lakeview, Winnemucca Northern end of OR 140 overlap
−2.24 −3.60 South 6th Street (Klamath Falls-Lakeview Highway) Former OR 39 north/OR 140 west
Klamath Falls −4.97 −8.00
US 97 Bus. south (Esplanade Street) – Klamath Falls City Center
Southern end of US 97 Bus. overlap
−6.81 −10.96
US 97 north / US 97 Bus. ends
Northern end of US 97 Bus. overlap; interchange; no access to US 97 south from OR 39/US 97 Bus. north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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