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Offline Louis Le Tour

Seattle to Boise
« on: March 30, 2015, 03:52:44 pm »
I'm planning to ride from Seattle to Boise starting in early May.  My primary concern is getting across the NE corner of Oregon.  I don't see any good way to do that without doing some riding on Interstate 84.  I received some information stating there are sections of 84 off limits to bicycles.  Can anybody confirm this?  If that is the case what would be a good alternate route?

Offline JMilyko

Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2015, 01:22:34 pm »
Hi Louis,

Have you checked the resources on the Oregon DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian program page? There is a state bicycle route map as well as a link to RideOregonRide where you might find some ideas.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEPED/pages/index.aspx

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Offline Louis Le Tour

Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2015, 02:21:33 pm »
I'll check that out, thanks.

Edit:  I poked around that page but found nothing about Interstate 84 in the upper NE corner of the state.
« Last Edit: March 31, 2015, 02:28:58 pm by Louis Le Tour »

Offline adventurepdx

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Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2015, 05:05:00 pm »
This is a better source for info:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEPED/docs/freeway_ban.pdf

I-84 is open to bicycles it's entire length in Oregon east of the Portland metro area (Troutdale.)

Offline Louis Le Tour

Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2015, 06:16:37 pm »
Thanks for that info, I certainly don't see any information there suggesting that I-84 is off limits anywhere in the NE corner of the state.  If anybody has additional information I'd sure appreciate it.

EDIT:  I call ODOT and got an actual human being on the line (wonder of all wonders!) and she said she'd check into it for me and get back within 5 business days.  So, I'll just cool my heels for a week   and see what pops up.
« Last Edit: March 31, 2015, 06:33:26 pm by Louis Le Tour »

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Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2015, 06:55:59 pm »
Louis, it is legal to bike on I-84 in NE Oregon. The only freeway restrictions in Oregon are in the Portland metro area and in Medford in SW Oregon.

Offline Louis Le Tour

Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2015, 07:00:11 pm »
I'm sure that's correct.  The person who I talked to at ODOT said there was construction being done there last year and restrictions were in place during that construction.  My source seemed to think the sign was still up.  If it is I'm guess'n it'll disappear as soon as the ODOT employee mentions it to the people in the field.

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Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2015, 10:33:02 pm »
Yeah, construction can be an issue. A better way to find out more info is check out the ODOT District Map, find the districts you'll pass through, and contact the specific district(s).
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TDATA/pages/gis/odotmaps.aspx#odot_district_maps
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/OOM/pages/about_us.aspx#district_contact_information

And Oregon TripCheck will show all current construction activities and what they entail, along with other road issues:
https://tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp?curRegion=0

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Seattle to Boise
« Reply #8 on: Today at 12:13:51 am »
I rode the section between La Grande and Pendleton in 2002.  There were some great frontage and side roads in the Meacham area that meandered along for miles, but basically followed the freeway.  They provided bucolic, scenic, traffic-free and quiet riding for a few hours.
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