The Forest Service maintains many roads to make it easier for you to access the wonderful recreational opportunities here around Mt. Hood.
Summer is the time in which much of our road maintenance work gets done. Factors such as fires, fallen trees, construction, and wildlife can force road closures in popular areas. Visit our Roads Table frequently for the most up-to-date information about road closures and conditions, and please be sure to confirm with your local district office.
Expect nightly delays Sunday through Friday morning through September
Starting Sunday, Aug. 28, crews will begin paving a nearly eight mile stretch of U.S. 26 on Mt. Hood between east of Kiwanis Camp Road to Oregon Highway 35. Work requiring lane closures and flagging will take place nightly Sunday through Friday morning through September. Here is what else to expect:
Multiple crews working along the eight mile stretch of U.S. 26.
Work will not occur over the Labor Day weekend from noon Friday, Sept. 2 to midnight, Monday, Sept. 5. Work will occur starting at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6.
20-minute delays due to traffic stops and pilot car escorts starting at 10 p.m. Sunday nights and 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday nights. Paving work should wrap up by 7 a.m. each morning. These times may vary based on traffic conditions and congestion.
Paving could continue Friday mornings, no later than 10 a.m.
The contractor is still right on schedule with construction for the Lower Marco Creek Bridge. As of right now, piles have been drilled in and both concrete abutments have been poured.
The contractor has a road closure scheduled for setting the bridge beams starting at 11:00 AM next Thursday, September 1st.
The contractor believes that they will still be able to intermittently let people by, but the wait time has the potential to be greater than 30 minutes (for this reason he has asked for the closure). The crane will be arriving on the site around 11 AM.
Forest Service roads 1610, 1611, & 1612 on the Hood River Ranger District will be closed to public travel during midweek periods until October 31, 2016. These roads will be open on weekends and holidays. Major road reconstruction work will be improving the condition of these roads for future public usage. Thank you for your patience; we advise you to use Road 16 instead.
Beginning July 7, 2014 the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin the US 26 Mt. Hood Safety Project. As a part of this project the Tamarack and Laurel Hill quarries, including NFSR 26955 will be closed for public safety due to increased truck traffic in the area. No trail or other recreational facilities will be impacted by the project and the work will be contained to the quarry areas. Please visit our forest orders page for more details and maps of the areas.
UPDATE, 08/2016: During the month of August, K&E Excavating will wrap up the retaining wall. Beginning in late August, paving will take place Sunday through Thursday. Travelers could expect 20-minute delays. Paving east of the Mirror Lake Trailhead will not begin until after Labor Day.
Work won't occur during the Hood to Coast Relay OR for Labor Day weekend starting from noon Friday, Sept. 2 to at least 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.