Historic Columbia River Highway Collaborative

The Historic Columbia River Highway continues to grow in popularity as does the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in general. The Historic Highway and supporting infrastructure, including parking areas on the Historic Highway and on I-84 at Multnomah Falls, have a limited capacity which is often reached.  This Oregon Solutions project was designated by Governor Brown to identify solutions to some of the most immediate short term congestion and safety issues and a means to accomplish such improvements.


• Establish Oregon Department of Transportation “Gorge Express” pilot transfer service between Gateway Transit via Rooster Rock State Park to Multnomah Falls

• Improve safety for pedestrians and drivers accessing the Gorge

• Seek additional funding for future transportation and congestion relief projects

• Increase availability of public safety officers to control high-traffic locations

• Develop short, medium, and long term congestion management strategies


Using the Oregon Solutions approach the project team was able to identify issues of priority, obtainable goals and measurable outcomes with many of the aims underway.  The Historic Highway is now served by both public and private shuttle services aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on the road. A host of parking and pedestrian circulation efforts to improve pedestrian safety and enhance the visitor experience are currently under review for implementation this summer and next. The involved agencies are working to create common messaging to encourage safe and respectful recreation throughout the Historic Highway. Finally, project team members have committed to ongoing communication and collaboration to ensure successful implementation of project solutions and continue to coordinate their efforts to address common issues in the future.


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