Oregon Transportation Commission Approves Mt. Hood Scenic Byway Proposal

Proposal Will Be Sent to Washington, D.C. for Submission as a National Scenic Byway/All-American Road

OREGON CITY, Ore., March 16 /PRNewswire/ — Home to some of the most scenic landscapes in Oregon, including the state’s highest peak, many visitors and residents have long considered the drive along Mt. Hood’s south side an unofficial tour route. Now, thanks to the dedicated work of partners in Clackamas, Hood River and Multnomah counties who filed the official application, the Oregon Transportation Commission has given final consent to designate the route as an official Oregon State Scenic Byway, making it the sixth in the state. The proposal was reviewed and approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission during its meeting in Salem on Wednesday, March 16, 2005, after the State Byways Committee and Oregon Tourism Commission had given their approval earlier in the year.

The route’s new status makes it eligible for the nation’s highest designation as a National Scenic Byway/All-American Road. The proposal for national status will be submitted in April 2005 and approvals will be announced in Washington, D.C. in September 2005.

The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway runs between Troutdale and the intersection of Highways 35 and 30 in Hood River. Visitors can begin traveling the byway from either Troutdale or Hood River. It becomes a circular route when the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway/All-American Road is included in the trip. Departing from Troutdale, the byway route is as follows:

— through Wood Village and Gresham to Dodge Park Boulevard,
— Highway 26 through Sandy and the Villages of Mt. Hood,
— Highway 35 into Hood River.

The route contains an exceptional number of natural and historical qualities. Treasures along the route include views of Mt. Hood and the Cascade Range, outdoor recreation (biking, hiking, fishing, windsurfing and year-round skiing/snowboarding), parks, rivers, restaurants, lodging properties, including historic Timberline Lodge, and Oregon Trail and Barlow Road historic markers.

Currently there are four All-American Roads, five National Scenic Byways, six Oregon Scenic Byways and four Oregon Tour Routes in the state. For a complete list along with more information on the national byways program, please visit www.byways.org/browse/states/OR/. Additional information including maps, driving directions and recommended stops along Oregon’s Scenic Byways can be found at www.traveloregon.com/getaways/byways.cfm.

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