The Office of Financial Management (OFM) accepted the predesign report making the project eligible for funding if it is made available by the legislature. It is hoped that the project will receive funding to commence with design in coming years, but there is no funding currently available. The next opportunity for possible funding would be in the 2023-25 budget cycle.
If the proposal is included in the capital budget request, the next steps are to apply for legislative funding for design and permitting, followed by funding for construction. These steps may be accomplished in phases. The entire funding process, from concept to construction, would occur over several state budget cycles.
Summary of Project Description
The conceptual design includes the following key elements:
Improvements to the existing vehicle entrance to the campground.
A roundabout at Kueffler Road.
Locating a new parking lot away from SR 14.
New welcome center building at the entrance parking lot.
Safe pedestrian crossing, either on grade with SR 14 or as a pedestrian tunnel near the roundabout.
Land acquisition adjacent to SR 14.
Compliance with the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Management Plan