The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (CRGNSA) attracts many visitors due to its abundant recreation sites and other destinations. As more people use Washington State Route 14 (SR 14) to access places like the Dog Mountain Trailhead, congestion increases. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is partnering with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to develop a congestion and safety plan for SR 14 and the Dog Mountain Trailhead to reduce congestion and improve safety in the corridor.
Thanks to everyone who shared their feedback through our first virtual open house in January! The next virtual open house will take place in Spring 2021.
SR 14 - To promote safe access to these popular recreational areas, this plan will identify opportunities to address congestion and safety concerns while protecting scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources.
Dog Mountain Trailhead - This plan will identify design alternatives to manage congestion at, and promote safe access to, the Dog Mountain Trailhead.
- Congestion Management – Reduce or mitigate congestion.
- Safety – Enhance safety for all transportation modes.
- Future – Consider expected changes in future use.
- Strategic Investment – Develop a fiscally sustainable plan.
- Resource Protection – Protect scenic, natural, cultural and recreational features.
- Access – Maintain access to destinations.
Important factors to consider as we develop the plan:
- Jurisdiction/land ownership
- Limited visibility
- Challenging topography
- CRGNSA Management Plan guidelines
The planning team developed an existing conditions report that discusses the environmental setting of the study area, along with existing safety and congestion concerns.
- This report included a review of adopted plans and policies, input from study partners, site visits, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, safety and traffic data.
- Key takeaways from this report are included below.
We need your help to make this plan a success! Throughout the project, there will be three informational meetings where members of the public can learn more and share their thoughts. These meetings will be online due to the ongoing pandemic. The date and time for these meetings will be announced before each event through local media, the project email list and on this website.
You can also provide your input throughout this process by submitting a comment using the form below. Your comments will help us shape this plan to meet the needs of all stakeholders.
Related planning documents
- Management Plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (2004, as updated through 2016)
- Review feedback from first virtual open house
- Develop potential strategies, projects, programs to address congestion and safety concerns