Cornelius Pass Road Safety Improvements

Additional safety improvements are coming to Multnomah County’s section of NW Cornelius Pass Road.  The Oregon Legislature allocated funding to Multnomah County for the improvements.  

The Cornelius Pass Road Safety Evaluation JTA Final Report was provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to the Oregon Legislature early in 2011. The final report with appendices is available through the ODOT Region 1 website.

In 2013-14 a project team is analyzing the most recent data for crashes on the county’s section of Cornelius Pass Road and developing a list of possible safety improvements.  A 15-member Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was recruited to review and provide input on safety improvements for this section of road.  The committee includes representatives from local neighborhoods, a local business, commuters, the trucking industry, and the Oregon Legislature. 

Committee meetings are open to the public.  Meeting materials are posted below as they become available.  To receive notification of meetings, or communicate with the project team or the committee, contact us by e-mail at  The next committee meeting is Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Skyline Elementary School.

The project schedule calls for:

  • Analysis of Traffic/Crashes/Alternatives  (2013)
  • Review and Selection of Alternatives (2014)
  • Design (2014 – 2015)
  • Construction (2016)

February 18 open house

A public open house was held on Tuesday, February 18 to share information about options for safety improvements and gather public input for the county and Community Advisory Committee to consider.  Information from the open house is available in the Documents section below.  To share your ideas, please download and return the Comment Form by February 25.

Funding and Construction Schedule Update

The 2013 Oregon Legislature decided to reallocate $8.5 million of the project funding to other projects in need of immediate funding.  Legislators made a commitment to restore these funds back to the Cornelius Pass Road project in the future. Still remaining is $1 million for use towards design of the project and initiation of right of way acquisition. Construction of the project is currently anticipated to begin in 2016.

2010 Safety Improvements

Several improvements were completed in 2010 using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The federal stimulus funds were used to add:

  • Rumble strips along the outside edge of traffic lanes and the centerline to warn drivers when their vehicles are near the road edge or crossing into oncoming traffic.
  • A flashing yellow signal (westbound) approaching the intersection with NW Sheltered Nook Road to alert drivers of stopped traffic around a blind corner.
  • Vehicle speed readout signs to remind drivers of their vehicle speed.  The speed limit in this section of the road is 45 miles per hour.

Some of these improvements were recommended in a road safety audit led by the Federal Highway Administration in 2008.

The Oregon Department of Transportation constructed improvements to the intersection of NW Cornelius Pass Road and US30 in 2013.  For information, visit ODOT's project webpage.

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