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Summer Travel: Know before you go: a few road tips

The Troutdale-to-Biggs paving project is coming in one week to the Interstate 84 section at Hood River.

Whether you want to maximize your summer travel plans or just avoid construction delays, Oregon Department of Transportation provides a variety of helpful tips:

Plan ahead — Try to visit the Gorge during off-peak times (weekdays or mornings). Before you leave, visit www.tripcheck.com to see current road conditions and construction updates statewide, or have your pedestrian navigator pull it up on the mobile device.

Avoid peak travel times — Traffic congestion in the Gorge usually happens heading east on Friday afternoons or evenings, or the day before a holiday, and heading west on Sunday afternoons and evenings, or the day after a holiday. Avoiding these travel times can help you skip a negative impact to the start or end of your weekend travels.

Be aware of your surroundings — Prepare for summer traffic; pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers should be aware of each other at all times.

Bicycle stations — remember that bike hubs equipped with shelters, water, and Fixtation repair kiosks are available 24/7 on WaNaPa in Cascade Locks and Third and State in Hood River.

Park responsibly — Carpool or take a tour bus or taxi to scenic locations (see Columbia Gorge Express information below). Be sure to park only at marked parking areas.

West Gorge travel — The Columbia Gorge Express is a convenient, reliable and fun way to get from Portland to Multnomah Falls. Linking Gateway Transit Center with Multnomah Falls and Rooster Rock State Park, the Columbia Gorge Express bus provides a relaxing option for accessing some of the best the Gorge has to offer.

The Columbia Gorge Express departs Gateway Transit Center 12 times each day with round trip service to Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls. There are 12 departures from the center daily.

For details or to order tickets online at columbiagorgeexpress.com.



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