History of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, Part 1: How We Got Here

A month ago, Phase 1 of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass opened between OR-219 southeast of Newberg and OR-99W at the southern end of Dundee. As I mentioned in my bypass opening day photo tour, the planning took decades to get to the point where a new highway rolled along the countryside — and this is just the first phase of three. The good news is that the Oregon legislature funded the design of Phase 2 to the tune of $22 million [^], but it doesn’t look like it’ll start until 2020.

So while we wait, I figured I would write a blog post about the history of the bypass, from its predecessors to its current form and beyond. However, as usually happens, I started writing and researching a ton, and before long I had written a tome. Rather than drone on and on in one massive blog post, I decided to break the story up into multiple parts to maximize interest, create drama, and allow me to add more photos and diagrams than I would a much longer post.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the inaugural post by first looking at its parents, the McMinnville and Dayton Bypasses.
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Aaaaand We’re Back!

The site went down on Friday after I tried to do a little bit of “emergency surgery” on the blog due to a malware infestation, and I accidentally cut the wrong thing. I had to more or less completely rebuild the blog from scratch and port over the posts and pages from the old blog to this new one. However, we’re back in action and malware-free — for now. You know how porous WordPress’ security features are.

This little hiccup prevented me from spending meaningful time on creating additional posts this weekend, but I have a few more up my sleeve. I’ll start working on them as I can.

Newberg-Dundee Bypass: Opening Day

Finally! After decades of planning and years of construction, I have posted to my highways blog!

Oh, and speaking of decades of planning, the Newberg-Dundee Bypass opened to auto and truck yesterday at the crack of 5 AM. To celebrate the momentous and rare occasion of the opening of a brand-new state highway, I took a drive down to Dundee to test out the new road — and take a ton of photos along the way. Rather than spam AARoads’ bypass thread with the 60+ photos I’ve curated (after taking more than 1200!) I figured I’d use this blog as intended — to report on highway developments in the state. Duh.

Before I dive into the photos and commentary, there are a couple things I took photos of that I won’t cover, and a couple things I didn’t manage to get photos of this time around. This entry won’t cover:

  • OR-18’s implied co-alignment with OR-99W: I photographed the portion south of the bypass along Pacific Highway West between Dundee and the OR-18 junction to see if there was any mention of OR-18 being cosigned with 99W. Nada. There weren’t even any route shields north or south along that stretch for either route. However, these will come in handy waaay down the line if/when Phase 3 is built. I also shot photos along OR-18 southwest of that junction to Dayton to see if OR-18 was mentioned as continuing onto the bypass. Zilch. It’s possible ODOT installed signage further back, but I’m not holding my breath.
  • The viaduct from underneath: I took a bunch of shots on the viaduct, but not under it, for a couple reasons. I was starting to run out of daylight, and apparently almost ran out of room on my card. I’ll revisit this soon.
  • The Wynooski St. overpass: Same as the viaduct.
  • Newberg approach from OR-219 northbound: Ditto.
  • Newberg approach from OR-99W northbound: Excepting a new overhead sign just east of Springbrook Road (which will be covered), nothing really changed going this way, so I didn’t really shoot it. Priorities.

So without further ado, here’s my photographic field report on Newberg-Dundee Bypass, Day 1!
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Welcome to the Beaver State Roads Blog

Hello, thanks for stopping by!

My name is Jonathan. If you’re in the roadgeek circles, you may have known me as “Jason of ORoads” on both m.t.r and AARoads. I decided to shed that moniker — I’m older and don’t really care anymore, lol.

Anyway, ever since I could count I was interested in pointing out numbers everywhere. Naturally I drifted towards paying attention to all the numbers on the highway as they’d whiz by on our road trips. Route numbers. Exit numbers. Mileposts. License plates. The list goes on and on. My interest in roadgeeking more seriously was in 9th grade, when I caught sight of an old alignment of OR-217 down Boones Ferry Rd. on a topographic map. Further, I noticed Washington’s highways were numbered completely different from today. From then on, I fell in love with highways — where they are, where they’ve been, and where they’ll take us tomorrow.

However, I didn’t really get going when I got to college. There, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I discovered I wasn’t alone. I also found out that we called ourselves roadgeeks. Inspired by Mike Wiley’s original Oregon Highways site, I started up a website, ORoads, which focused on signed Oregon Routes instead. The history of both are intertwined, so I still had a fair amount of highway information. I adopted the pseudonym of “Jayson Elliot”, an allusion to my first and last initial, for personal reasons. “Jayson” looked weird, so I eventually used “Jason” instead.

Access to my college’s topographic map section was instrumental in building the site. But like always, life got in the way. Graduated college. Moved. Got married. Got jobs. Lost jobs. Started grad school. Got divorced. Graduated grad school. Moved again. Every couple/few years or so, I would work on a page or two, do some updates, upload some pictures, then return to the life I built. But thanks to improvements in technology, research tools and communication, it’s never been easier to find some pretty interesting stuff buried in the past. Hell, it wasn’t too long ago someone discovered forgotten OR-42N, and I found a few strange entries myself I’m still researching. All in due time 🙂

Ever the web developer, I’m building a custom CMS to handle the information on Oregon’s highways. In the meantime, I’ll be posting some stuff here. I also have an Instagram for more photogenic posts. Time to bring my roadgeeking into the 21st century!

Edit: I’m also still playing around with this site’s design and color schemes. Be prepared.