Oregon Route 6

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For the unsigned Highway 6, see Old Oregon Trail Highway.

Oregon Route 6 marker

Oregon Route 6
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 51.25 mi[1] (82.48 km)
Existed: 1942 (Rerouted 1957) – present
Component
highways:
Wilson River Highway No. 37
Major junctions
West end: US 101 / OR 131 in Tillamook
  OR 47 near Banks
East end: US 26 near Banks
Location
Counties: Tillamook, Washington
Highway system
I-5 OR 7

Oregon Route 6 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Oregon that runs between the city of Tillamook on the Oregon Coast, to the Willamette Valley, near Banks. OR 6 traverses the Wilson River Highway No. 37 of the Oregon state highway system,[2] named after the river paralleling the highway's western segment.

Route description[edit]

The highway near Banks looking east towards Portland

OR 6 begins (at its western terminus) at a junction with U.S. Route 101 and Oregon Route 131 in downtown Tillamook. From there it winds eastward though the Northern Oregon Coast Range along the Wilson River, and through a portion of the Tillamook State Forest. The stretch through the Coast Range is well known for its scenic beauty (as well as frequent accidents; the highway is a highly traveled route despite numerous twists and turns and steep grades). Emerging from the Coast Range, it passes through a few foothill communities. At the base of the Coast Range, Oregon Route 8 forks off to the east, heading towards the communities of Gales Creek and Forest Grove; whereas OR 6 continues to the northeast. OR 6 soon passes south of the city of Banks, where it has an interchange with the Nehalem Highway (OR 47), and Wilkesboro. A few miles east of Banks, OR 6 ends at an interchange with U.S. Route 26, the Sunset Highway. Travelers generally continue east on US 26 (which is a freeway east of the interchange) into Portland.

OR 6 passes through some of the areas devastated during the Tillamook Burn, a series of fires that occurred in the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s in eastern Tillamook County.

History[edit]

During the Great Depression workers from the Works Progress Administration assisted in the construction of the road.[3] Before 1957, OR 6 included the entirety of today's Oregon Route 8, plus an additional stretch into downtown Portland. With the completion of the Sunset Highway (and the new alignment through Banks), the route through Gales Creek and the Tualatin Valley was renumbered as OR 8; and OR 6 was placed on the alignment it has today.

The section from Glenwood east to the US 26 junction was a former and temporary routing of US 26, continuing north through Timber. This routing was used by US 26 while the final stretch was completed.

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

County Location[1] Milepoint[1] Destinations Notes
Tillamook Tillamook 0.00 US 101 north – Bay City, Astoria
US 101 south – Hebo, Newport
OR 131 west – Netarts, Oceanside, Cape Lookout State Park, Cape Meares
32.85 Summit, elevation 1,586 feet (483 m)
Washington Gales Creek 38.87 Timber Road (north) – Gales Creek, Timber Leads to US 26.svg – north of Timber.
42.28 OR 8 east (Gales Creek Road) – Forest Grove
49.09 OR 47 – Banks, Forest Grove
51.62 US 26 – North Plains, Portland Interchange; no access to US 26 west eastbound
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Start of Oregon Route 6 at Tillamook.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "Straightline Charts". Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 29, 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 September 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Robbins, William G. (2002). "Subtopic : Oregon in Depression and War, 1925-1945: The Most Visible of Relief Agencies". The Oregon History Project. Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  4. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "Straightline Chart Legend" (PDF). Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 29, 2015. 

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