Great news from the Oregon Department of Transportation, about funding to continue work on the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. Thanks to Kristin Stallman of ODOT for sharing:
“We are overjoyed to report that a major funding request to continue work on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail was successful!
“The Federal Lands Access Program has awarded the Oregon Department of Transportation Department $28 Million to complete the Mitchell Point Crossing (which may or may include a new tunnel, check the alternatives study for more information). These funds will also allow ODOT and partner agencies to complete the engineering designs for the final five miles and construct trail connections to Perham Creek and east of Mitchell Point.
“The historic Mitchell Point Tunnels, which were removed to make room for I-84.
ODOT will be working with agency partners — including Oregon Parks and Recreation, the USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the FHWA — to design and construct a safe crossing around the formidable Mitchell Point.
“With the engineering funding secured, we are oh-so close to completing our vision of creating a world class experience between Troutdale and The Dalles.
“However, we are not quite done. Even with this substantial funding, we still have more fundraising to do to connect the trail between Viento and Hood River. Stay tuned, 2017 is going to be an exciting year in the Gorge!”