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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