Effective March 1, 2021, Multnomah County's section of NW Cornelius Pass Road has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and is now a state highway.
All encroachment permits for use of Cornelius Pass Road Pass will be issued by ODOT. Permits can be obtained from ODOT District 2B headquarters office in Clackamas:
Oregon Department of Transportation
Region 1 District 2B
9200 SE Lawnfield Rd
Clackamas, OR 97015
2017 Transportation Bill
The transportation funding bill passed by the 2017 Oregon Legislature and signed by Governor Brown included legislation that transferred jurisdiction of the sections of NW Cornelius Pass Road between Highway 26 and Highway 30 from Multnomah and Washington counties to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Multnomah County Commissioners approved the transfer in December 2020. ODOT completed the transfer on March 1, 2021.
Transferring a local road to the state required a number of steps, including:
- Survey and inventories to document what facilities are to be transferred
- Transfer of maintenance and permit records
- Legal agreements to transfer right of way between agencies
- Complying with standards and regulations of the new jurisdiction
- Planning for maintenance and emergency response
- Public notice by ODOT
One goal of the transfer was to bring the standard of the road up to the standards of ODOT, to the greatest extent possible. Standards include elements such as traffic signs, guardrails and road geometry.
ODOT staff asked Multnomah County to complete its planned safety improvements before the transfer is complete. The improvements – which include guardrails, advisory speed signs, sightline improvements, and realigned curves -- helped bring the road closer to ODOT standards. The safety project was completed in October 2020.
For information about the transfer, visit ODOT's website.