Oregon Route 42

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Oregon Route 42 marker

Oregon Route 42
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length 73.32 mi[1] (118.00 km)
Existed 1932 – present
Component
highways
Coos Bay–Roseburg Highway No. 35
Major junctions
West end US 101 near Coos Bay
  OR 99 in Winston
East end I-5 in Green
Highway system
OR 39OR 43

Oregon Route 42 (OR 42) is an Oregon state highway which runs between U.S. Route 101 on the Oregon Coast, near Coos Bay, and Green, a few miles south of Roseburg on Interstate 5. OR 42 traverses the Coos Bay–Roseburg Highway No. 35 of the Oregon state highway system.[2] At Coquille, there is a split in the route, as Oregon Route 42S heads southwest toward Bandon.

The section of Oregon Route 42 between its junction with U.S. Route 101 south of Coos Bay and its junction with Oregon Route 42S in Coquille was once a part of U.S. Route 101. When U.S. Route 101 was moved to an alignment closer to the ocean, Oregon Route 42 was extended along the northernmost section and Oregon Route 42S was created along the southernmost section.

Route description[edit]

OR 42 is known internally by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as the Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway No. 35.[3] The entire highway is designated as part of the National Highway System,[4] which includes roadways important to the national economy, defense, and mobility.[5] The entire highway has also been designated as a freight route by ODOT.[6]

History[edit]

2015 landslide[edit]

On December 23, 2015, a large landslide on a 5-mile-long (8.0 km) section of OR 42 near the CoosDouglas county line closed the highway to traffic. The section of highway was undergoing part of a $11 million realignment project to straighten the roadway; the area above the slide was clear-cut as part of construction.[7]

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.[8] 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. 

CountyLocation[1]Milepoint[1]DestinationsNotes
Coos0.00 US 101 north – Coos BayInterchange
2.86Viewpoint
Coquille10.85 OR 42S – Bandon, Gold Beach
19.57North Fork Coquille River
23.37Middle Fork Coquille River
23.48OR 542 – PowersInterchange
24.32Middle Fork Coquille River
25.52
25.67
30.10
30.59
40.56
40.77
43.15
43.59
Douglas47.68
48.63
50.70
50.93
51.08
51.20
51.40
51.50
52.16
52.30
52.42
57.14Camas Mountain Summit, elevation 1,448 feet (441 m)
Winston73.37 OR 99 south – Dillard, MedfordWestern end of concurrency with OR 99
74.47South Umpqua River
76.22 OR 99 north – Shady, RoseburgEastern end of concurrency with OR 99
77.20 I-5 – Grants Pass, RoseburgExit 119 on I-5
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur route[edit]

Oregon Route 42S
Location BandonCoquille
Length 16.94 mi (27.26 km)

Oregon Route 42S is an Oregon state highway which is located entirely within Coos County. It runs between U.S. Route 101 at Bandon and Coquille on Oregon Route 42. It is known as the Coquille-Bandon Highway No. 244 (see Oregon highways and routes). It serves as an important link between Interstate 5 and the southern Oregon Coast, as it forms the southernmost all-season connection between the two in Oregon. Oregon Route 42S used to be a part of U.S. Route 101, and was created when US 101 was realigned closer to the ocean.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "Straightline Charts". Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  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 August 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Routes / State Highway Cross Reference Table". Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  4. ^ National Highway System: Oregon (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. October 1, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "What is the National Highway System?". Federal Highway Administration. September 26, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  6. ^ State Highway Freight System (PDF) (Map). Oregon Department of Transportation. April 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  7. ^ Glucklich, Elon (December 30, 2015). "Massive Highway 42 landslide may have been caused by Oregon Department of Transportation road work". The Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services (July 2017). "Straightline Chart Legend" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 7, 2018.

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