Construction is underway on two pedestrian tunnels to improve safety for users of the eight mile Cape Horn Trail, which currently crosses heavily traveled State Route 14 twenty-six miles east of Vancouver, WA(Mile post 24.8 and 26.5). The Cape Horn Trail is a popular trail for its spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge. GreenWorks, working with Wallis Engineering, provided the design for the stone facing of the tunnel facades. The tunnel facades use local quarried basalt stone and have been designed to fit with other historic examples of stone masonry within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. To quote the Washington Trails Association, ‘The Cape Horn Trail is about to become one of the prized jewels of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.’
This WSDOT project was made possible by funding provided by Western Federal Lands Highway Division. Other construction related to the project will improve safety on SR14 in this area by straightening curves and adding turning lanes. The General contractor for the project is Rotschy, Inc and stone masonry work is being provided by Custom Masonry, Inc.
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