Last Opportunity to Review Design of Visitor Portal, Bikeway and Day Use Enhancements in Detroit, Oregon

Release Date: Aug 1, 2017  

Contact(s): Matthew Miller, Federal Highways, 360-619-7832


(Detroit, OR) The Detroit Ranger District, the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Detroit invite you to an open house to review draft designs of a new visitor pavilion, rest room and bike path that will be located near downtown Detroit.  There are also proposed improvements to the Detroit Flats day use area on Detroit Lake.  The open house will be held Monday, August 28th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Detroit Ranger Station on Highway 22.

The project has been many years in the making: it began over three years ago when University of Oregon students collaborated with local residents to explore options for improving the local tourism economy as well as access to recreation opportunities. The partners then sought and received funds to make those dreams a reality. Now, a near final design is ready for review and the partners hope that you will come to the open house and ensure that your ideas continue to be included.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, the Federal Highways Administration has more information on their website at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/or/detroit. Comments will be most useful if received by September 5, 2107. You may also contact Matthew Miller, Federal Highways at 360-619-7832 or via e-mail to matthew.miller@dot.gov.

Background: the project seeks to provide a visitor portal area located at the former Detroit Elementary School site. The portal will include a parking area, restroom, visitor information kiosk and picnic area for both local recreationists, and for those bicycling the West Cascades National Scenic Byway (Highway 22) or the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway (Forest Service Road 46). The project also includes construction of a pedestrian/bicycle trail that connects the information center to the Detroit Flats Day Use Area along Detroit Lake.  Improvements at Detroit Flats will include additional parking, vault restroom, picnic area, shoreline stabilization, and an interpretive hiking trail.