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Project improved connector surface between Interstate 84 and Historic Columbia River Highway

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Corbett Hill Road has a new surface, better line striping, and safer guardrails. A project to complete paving and improve driving amenities along an important connector in the Columbia River Gorge was completed late last week.

As of Friday, Oct. 8, Northeast Corbett Hill Road now has two inches of new asphalt, fresh gravel on the shoulders, and raised guardrails where they no longer met safety standards due to the increased height of the road surface.

Corbett Hill Road winds between Interstate 84 and the Historic Columbia River Highway. It is the best way for Corbett residents to access the interstate but has been damaged from weather and the wear of vehicles over the years.

The work included frames for stormwater catch basins and lane striping on the new surface. Crews also placed "soft-stop" end caps on several of the guardrails. These improve driver safety by absorbing crash impacts while also stopping vehicles before they leave the road.

The project cost Multnomah County about $700,000, drawn from the County Road Fund, and took just over a month to complete.

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