Update on Columbia River Historic Highway Construction

Historic Columbia River Highway

closing for one mile in restoration project.

Vista House open until Oct. 1.

Vista House
Vista House open until Oct. 1

The Historic Columbia River Highway is closed from Sept. 4 through the end of September from Crown Point to Latourell Falls as part of a highway restoration project. This one-mile stretch of road will be closed to all motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. You can drive to Vista House from the west.

In addition, a section of the highway from Larch Mountain Road to Crown Point will be closed to vehicles longer than 25 feet. Vista House will remain open through September but will close Oct. 1 until the end of 2012 while crews restore the 600-foot Crown Point viaduct that encircles the historic 1918 building.

The viaduct and its 29 support columns are deteriorating and without restoration, the walls could fail and jeopardize the safety of both Vista House and the highway.

Here is the updated closure schedule:

  • Sept. 4 to Sept. 30, 2012: The Historic Columbia River Highway from Crown Point to Latourell Falls will be closed to all pedestrians and vehicles, including bicycles. In addition the Highway from Larch Mountain Road to Crown Point closed to vehicles longer than 25 feet. Vista House will be open.
  • Oct. 1 to Dec. 31: The Historic Highway from Larch Mountain Road to Latourell Falls will be closed to all pedestrians and vehicles, including bicycles. The section from Latourell Falls to Bridal Veil Falls will be closed to vehicles longer than 25 feet. Vista House will be closed.
  • Jan. 1 to April 1: Infrequent lane closures with specific traffic restrictions yet to be determined. Vista House will be open on its winter schedule.
  • April 1, 2013: Tentative start date for the final phase of the project, expected to be completed by late spring 2013. Periodic lane closures with specifics still to be determined. Vista House will be open.

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