Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Restoration of Hood River county highway starts in Oregon

Geotechnical work started in June on an abandoned portion of the historic Columbia River highway in Oregon, US.

The Columbia River highway was completed in 1922 and the 113km route used to link Troutdale, a small city near the Sandy River, to The Dalles which is a significant archaeological region but the route was abandoned in the 1950s following construction of the Interstate 84.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area was established in 1986 and tasked with restoring and reconnecting the fragmented sections and the current work forms the latest phase.

The 6.4km long section located west of Hood River between Wyeth and Starvation Creek is being split into sections starting with a 2km section from Starvation Creek to Lindsey Creek, and followed by a section from Lindsey Creek from Wyeth.

Kristin Stallman coordinator with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODT) said: “The geotechnical explorations will help us assess the slope stability and provide design data.”

The investigation, which is expected to start in mid-July, includes excavation of 48 test pits and drilling 58 boreholes.

Construction on the first section of the highway is planned to start in spring of 2015.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.