Columbia River Highway #2
1917 to Present
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Overview
From: MP 000.00
  WEST
I-5 US-30
Pacific Highway #1
MP 301.96 - in Portland
Current Columbia River Highway #2 Map
Columbia River Highway #2
To: MP 203.28
EAST
US-730
Washington State Line
East of Juniper
Length: 200.95 Miles
Columbia River Highway #2 1917 Original Primary Highway
Current Route Designations
I-84 US-30 US-395 US-730
Historic Route Designations
I-80N
1957-1980
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History
Early
1900's
The Columbia River Highway was originally conceived by Samuel Hill to improve access between Portland, Oregon and the east slope of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and Washington, and coincidentally, his estate in Maryhill, Washington. He original petitioned the State of Washington to build a State Trunk Highway on the north bank of the Columbia River, but was turned down. He then turned his attention to the Oregon Legislature. Using the prototype road system he and Samuel Lancaster built on his Maryhill Estate, he was able to convince the Legislature to create the Oregon Highway Commission and build the Columbia River Highway.  
1913 Columbia River Highway
The proposed Columbia River Highway by Sam Hill and Samuel Lancaster.
1913
Construction began on the Columbia River Highway in Multnomah County and overseen by Samuel Lancaster between Chanticleer Point (now Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint) to Eagle Creek. Meanwhile, John A. Elliott, locating engineer for the Oregon State Highway Commission (OSHC), starts surveying from the Multnomah-Hood River county line to the City of Hood River; including the location of Mitchell Point Tunnel.

The Oregon Highway Commission is formed by the state legislature by the 1913 Oregon Highway Commission Act to ensure funding for county highway projects in the state. An expanded Columbia Highway (without "River" in the name) is one of eight projects envisioned by State Highway Engineer, Major H. L. Bowley.

He envisioned the Columbia Highway in two segments.
  • The first segment would run from Seaside to the Washington State Line just north of Freewater (now Milton-Freewater).

  • The second segment was called the "Southeast Branch" running from Pendelton to Ontario. This segment became the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6.
 
1914 Columbia Highway, Southeast Branch
The proposed Columbia Highway and Southeast Branch from the 1914 Bowley Plan.
1915 The Columbia River Highway is officially opened between Chanticleer Point and Hood River.
1916 John Elliott conducted a preliminary survey form Hood River-Wasco County line to The Dalles.
1917 The Oregon State Legislature revises the Highway Act and creates an Oregon State Highway Commission (OSHC). The Act directs the commission to oversee 36 highways to be "...permanently constructed and finished with a hard surface." The OSHC takes over the Columbia River Highway #2 project.

Columbia River Highway #2   As defined in General Laws of Oregon 1917, Chapter 423, the Columbia River Highway #2 proposed route is:

"From Astoria east via Rainier, Portland, Hood River, The Dalles, Arlington and Umatilla to Pendleton."
 
1917 Columbia River Highway #2 Map
1917 Columbia River Highway #2 alignment.
1922 The original Columbia River Highway is completed and paved from Portland to The Dalles and is formally dedicated on July 2, 1922.
1927 On November 11th, 1926, the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO), the predecessors of today's American Association of State Highway and Transpiration Officials (AASHTO), approved the United States Highway Number plan.

US-30   As part of the route numbering plan, the Columbia River Highway #2 and the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6 was assigned Route US-30 for it's entire length.
 
1927 US 30 Route
1927 Route of US 30.
1932
US-730   Added to the Oregon Highway System at the request of the State of Washington and the Federal Highway Administration in 1922, the Umatilla Cutoff Highway #37 becomes part of the Columbia River Highway #2, and is marked as US-730, extending in to the Washington Line near Juniper.
1937 To accommodate the construction of the Bonneville Dam, a new route for the Columbia River Highway #2 is constructed from Bonneville to Cascade Locks, including the Toothrock Tunnel. The tunnel is still in use today as the Eastbound lanes of I-84.

1946 Toothrock Tunnel
The Toothrock Tunnel, West Entrance, in 1946.
1945
US-30   The Boardman-Stanfield Highway #54 is opened to traffic, as part of a more direct route from Boardman to Pendleton and is signed as US-30. In 1954, this will become part of the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6.

US-730   As a result of the routing change of US-30, US-730 is extended along the Columbia River Highway #2 from Umatilla to Boardman.
 
1945 Boardman-Stanfield, Umatilla Map
Oregon Highways in the Boardman, Stanfield, and Umatilla area, in 1945.
1949
US-30   A new "Water Route" of the Columbia River Highway #2 is opened from Troutdale to Dodson, bypassing the old Crown Point-Corbett Route. and is marked as US-30.

The old route becomes the Crown Point Highway #125 and has no Route number designation.
 
1949 Crown Point-Corbett Map
Columbia River Highway #2 and Crown Point Highway #125, in 1949.
1953
US-30   A new "Water Route" of the Columbia River Highway #2 is opened from Hood River to The Dalles near Chenoweth, bypassing downtown Hood River. and is marked as US-30.

ORE-35   The old route of the Columbia River Highway #2 through Hood River is now an extension of the Mount Hood Highway #26 and is marked as ORE-35.

The old route between Rowena and Chenoweth becomes the Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292 and has no Route number designation.
 
1955 Hood River-The Dalles Map
Columbia River Highway #2 from Hood River to The Dalles, in 1955.
1956
US-30   The new T. H. Banfield Expressway #56 is opened between Wood Village and the Hollywood District of Portland at Sandy Boulevard, and becomes the new route of US-30. Originally known as the Sullivan Gulch Highway #56, the expressway was completed to Union and Grand Avenues at the Burnside Bridge in 1957.

The Expressway was named after Thomas Harry Banfield, Chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission from 1943 until his death in 1950.

BY-PASS
US-30
  The Columbia River Highway #2 between Wood Village and Parkrose becomes an extension of US-30 Bypass, which is routed along the Northeast Portland Highway #123.

The portion of the Columbia River Highway #2 between Parkrose and the Burnside Bridge no longer has any route designation at this time.

1959 Banfiled Expressway
The end of the Banfield Expressway #56 at the Union-Grand bridges over the Sullivan Gulch (Pacific Highway East #1E) in 1959.
 
1956 Banfield Expressway Map
Columbia River Highway #2 and Banfield Expressway in Portland, in 1956.
1958
I-80N
  In preparation for the construction of Interstate 80N in Oregon, the Columbia River Highway #2 was split into two segments.
  • The Columbia River Highway #2 is the designation from Portland to the Washington Line at Juniper.
  • The Lower Columbia River Highway #2W between Portland and Astoria.
Interstate 80N would be routed along the Columbia River Highway #2 from Portland to Irregon Junction.

The other segment of I-80N would be routed along the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6 from Irregon Junction to the Idaho Line near Ontario.

US-730
  From Irregon Junction to the Washington Line near Juniper, it would still be marked as US-730.

US-30
  US-30 would join and leave the Columbia River Highway #2 at Cascade Locks, Hood River, and along the segment from Moiser to The Dalles.

US-30
  The Lower Columbia River Highway #2W is marked as US-30 along the entire route from Portland to Astoria.
 
1958 Columbia River-Lower Columbia River Highways Map
Columbia River Highway #2 and Lower Columbia River Highway #2W in 1958.

I-80N
US-30
  In the Portland Area, the former T. H. Banfield Expressway #56 becomes part of the new Columbia River Highway #2.

BY-PASS
US-30
  The former Wood Village to Parkrose segment of the Columbia River Highway #2 is now part of the extended Northeast Portland Highway #123 and is marked as US-30 Bypass.

US-30
  The Lower Columbia River Highway #2W starts at the corner of Burnside and Grand Avenue at the East end of the Burnside Bridge, and is marked as US-30 along the entire route to Astoria.

The segment of the Columbia River Highway #2 between Parkrose and the Burnside Bridge is renamed the Sandy Boulevard Highway #59. It has no route designation.
 
1958 Columbia River-Lower Columbia River Highways Portland- Banfield Map
Portland Area Columbia River Highway #2 changes in 1958.
1962
US-730   As part of the upgrade of the Columbia River Highway #2 to Interstate Standards, a new more direct alignment was built between Boardman and Irregon, changing the route of US-730.

I-80N
US-30
  The resulting change in the Columbia River Highway #2 truncates the Old Oregon Trail Highway #6 to the new Irregon Junction Interchange 2 1/2 miles to the east.

The old route between Boardman and Irregon was transferred to Morrow County in 1964.
 
1955 Hood River-The Dalles Map
Columbia River Highway #2 from Boardman to Irregon, in 1962.
More to come at a later date.

Highway and Route Junctions
 
Begin
Mile Point
000.00
Portland
 
Pacific Highway #1
SOUTH
I-5
Mile Point
301.35 (1)
NORTH WEST
I-5 US-30
Pacific Highway #1
Mile Point
301.91 (2)
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
000.46
Portland
 
NE Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Pacific Highway #81 (1E)
SOUTH
ORE-99E
Mile Point
X000.16
SOUTH
US-99E
1931-1972
NE Grand Avenue
NORTH
ORE-99E
Pacific Highway #81 (1E)
NORTH
US-99E
1931-1972
Mile Point
X000.19
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
002.43
Portland
 
NE Sandy Boulevard
City of Portland Maintained
Sandy Boulevard Highway #59
1958-2003
WEST
BUSINESS
US-30
1965-2003
Mile Point
001.91
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1958
WEST
US-30
1927-1956
NE Sandy Boulevard
City of Portland Maintained
EAST
BUSINESS
US-30
1965-2003
Sandy Boulevard Highway #59
1958-2003
Mile Point
001.91
EAST
US-30
1927-1956
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1958
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
005.01
Portland
 
NE 82nd Avenue
Cascade Highway North #68
SOUTH
ORE-213
Mile Point
002.26
Cascade Highway #160

1931-1971
NE 82nd Avenue
NORTH
ORE-213
Cascade Highway North #68
Mile Point
002.27
Cascade Highway #160

1931-1971
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
005.41
Portland
 
East Portland Freeway #64
SOUTH
I-205
Mile Point
021.20
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
006.30
Portland
 
East Portland Freeway #64
NORTH
I-205
Mile Point
022.63
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
007.22
Portland
 
 
NORTH
I-205
East Portland Freeway #64
Mile Point
022.87
SOUTH
I-205
East Portland Freeway #64
Mile Point
022.13
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
014.66
Fairview
 
 
WEST
BYPASS
US-30
NE Fairview Parkway
NE Sandy Boulevard
City of Fairview Maintained
Northeast Portland Highway #123
1958-2005
Mile Point
016.83
WEST
US-30
1927-1956
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1958
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
015.11
Fairview
 
 
NE Sandy Boulevard
City of Fairview Maintained
WEST
BYPASS
US-30
1956-1995
Northeast Portland Highway #123
1958-2003
Mile Point
017.27
WEST
US-30
1927-1956
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1958
Ramps Closed and Removed in 1995
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
T. H. Banfield Expressway #56
1952-1958
Sullivan Gulch Highway #56
1948-1952
 
Mile Point
016.23
Wood Village
 
NE Columbia River Highway
City of Troutdale Maintained
Crown Point Highway #125
1949-1993
Mile Point
X000.12
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1949
EAST
US-30
1927-1949
Ramps Closed and Removed in 1995
NE Sandy Boulevard
City of Wood Village Maintained
Northeast Portland Highway #123
1958-2003
Mile Point
018.74
WEST
US-30
1927-1956
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1958
Ramps Closed and Removed in 1995
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
017.37
Troutdale
 
SW 257th Drive
W Historic Columbia River Highway
City of Troutdale Maintained
EAST
US-30 HIST
Crown Point Highway #125
1949-1993
Mile Point
001.02
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1948
US-30
1927-1949
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
035.58
Dodson
 
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
WEST
US-30 HIST
Mile Point
022.18
Crown Point Highway #125
1949-1993
Mile Point
001.02
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1948
WEST
US-30
1927-1949
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
043.38
Cascade Locks
 
 
Wa-Na-Pa Street
EAST
US-30
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
Mile Point
029.71
Cascade Locks Highway #283
1964-1993
Mile Point
000.00
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1964
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
045.33
Cascade Locks
 
 
Wa-Na-Pa Street
WEST
US-30
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
Mile Point
031.28
Cascade Locks Highway #283
1964-1993
Mile Point
002.08
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1964
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
061.76
Hood River
 
Cascade Avenue
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
EAST SOUTH
US-30 ORE-35
Mile Point
048.66
Mount Hood Highway #26
1953-1993
Mile Point
104.84
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1953
 
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
063.92
Hood River
 
2nd Street
Hood River Frontage Road #002DS
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
TO
US-30 ORE-35
Mile Point
050.74
Mount Hood Highway #26
1953-1993
Mile Point
102.76
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1953
 
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
064.69
Hood River
 
Button Bridge Road
East Hood River Connection #002DU
WEST
US-30
Interstate Bridge Highway #280
1931-1937

Mount Hood Highway #26
SOUTH
ORE-35
Mile Point
101.82
Hood River Bridge Road
East Hood River Connection #002DU
NORTH
ORE-35
1933-1953
Interstate Bridge Highway #280
1931-1937
E State Street
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
WEST NORTH
US-30 ORE-35
Mile Point
051.26
Mount Hood Highway #26
1953-1993
Mile Point
101.82
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1953

Old Columbia River Drive
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
EAST
US-30
1927-1953
Mile Point
051.26
Columbia River Drive Highway #284
1986-1993
Mile Point
000.00
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1953
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
069.63
Moiser
 
1st Avenue
Moiser Connection #002IA
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
EAST
US-30
Mile Point
057.53
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1955-1993
Mile Point
000.00
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1955
 
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
076.51
Rowena
 
Rowena Connection #002EE
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
TO
US-30
Mile Point
066.52
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1955-1993
Mile Point
009.36
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1955
 
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
082.07
The Dalles
 
Historic Columbia River Highway #100
WEST
US-30
Mile Point
072.37
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1955-1993
Mile Point
015.26
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1955

Chenoweth Road
Chenoweth Connection #002IE

W 6th Street
City of The Dalles Maintained
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1963-2005
EAST
US-30
Mile Point
015.26
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1963
 
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
083.67
The Dalles
 
Webber Street
City of The Dalles Maintained
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1963-2005
WEST
US-30
Mile Point
016.78
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1963
Webber Street
City of The Dalles Maintained
EAST
US-30
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1963-2005
Mile Point
016.78
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1963
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
084.15
The Dalles
 
W 2nd Street
City of The Dalles Maintained
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1963-2005
EAST
US-30
Mile Point
017.27
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1963
W 2nd Street
City of The Dalles Maintained
WEST
US-30
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1963-2005
Mile Point
017.27
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1963
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
085.51
The Dalles
 
E 2nd Street
City of The Dalles Maintained
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
1955-2005
WEST
US-30
Mile Point
018.74
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1963

Brewery Grade Connection #002ET

E 2nd Street
Mosier-The Dalles Highway #292
EAST
US-30
Mile Point
018.74
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1963
 
I-84
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
087.01
The Dalles
 
The Dalles-California Highway #4
WEST SOUTH
US-30 US-197
Mile Point
000.65
SOUTH
ORE-23
1933-1952
NORTH
US-197
The Dalles-California Highway #4
Mile Point
000.64
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
096.92
Celilo
 
Celilo-Wasco Highway #301
EAST
ORE-206
Mile Point
000.00
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1966
EAST
US-30
1927-1966
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
104.56
Biggs Junction
 
Sherman Highway #42
SOUTH
US-97
Mile Point
X000.13
NORTH
US-97
Sherman Highway #42
Mile Point
X000.14
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
109.95
Rufus
 
E 1st Street
Biggs-Rufus Frontage Road #002FI
Columbia River Highway #2
1917-1966
WEST
US-30
1927-1966
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
137.19
Arlington
 
John Day Highway #5
SOUTH
ORE-19
Mile Point
000.00
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
147.11
Heppner Junction
 
Heppner Highway #52
EAST
ORE-74
Mile Point
000.00
Oregon-Washington Highway #8
1917-1939
 
I-84 US-30
I-80N
1957-1980
 
Mile Point
167.58
Boardman Junction
 
 
EAST
I-84 US-30
Old Oregon Trail Highway #6
EAST
I-80N
1957-1980
Mile Point
167.58
EAST
US-30
1945-1954
Boardman-Stanfield Highway #54
1942-1954
US-730
US-30
1927-1945
 
Mile Point
184.12
Umatilla
 
Mc Nary Highway #70
EAST
I-82
Mile Point
001.00 (1)
WEST NORTH
I-82 US-395
Mc Nary Highway #70
Mile Point
001.00 (2)
US-395 US-730
US-30
1927-1945
 
Mile Point
184.87
Umatilla
 
Umatilla-Stanfield Highway #54
SOUTH
US-395
Mile Point
000.04
EAST
ORE-32
1957-1973
Old Oregon Trail Highway #6
1917-1954
EAST
US-30
1927-1945
 
US-730
US-395
1973-1991
Umatilla Cutoff Highway #37
1922-1930
 
Mile Point
191.34
Cold Springs
 
Hermiston Highway #333
SOUTH
ORE-207
Mile Point
000.02
 
US-730
US-395
1973-1991
Umatilla Cutoff Highway #37
1922-1930
 
Mile Point
193.46
Cold Springs Junction
 
Pendleton-Cold Springs Highway #36
SOUTH
ORE-37
Mile Point
000.74
SOUTH   SOUTH
ORE-15   US-395
1933-1935   1935-1973
 
US-730
US-395
1935-1991
Umatilla Cutoff Highway #37
1922-1930
 
End
Mile Point
203.28
Juniper
 
Washington State Line
Washington State Line
EAST
US-730
NORTH
US-395
1935-1991

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