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The new Mt. Hood Express bus line drew 29,896 riders in Year One. Photo courtesy of Clackamas County.

The Mt. Hood Express transit line from Sandy to Timberline has two sleek new $140,000 buses to replace the clunkers of last year.

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Demolition experts had a blast on Mount Hood this summer. Apparently the gods of Silent Rock did not take offense. Screen shot from an ODOT video.

Torrential rains have interfered with wrap-up road work on US 26 on Mount Hood, necessitating one more day of delays, on Monday, November 10. 

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Demolition experts had a blast on Mount Hood this summer. Apparently the gods of Silent Rock did not take offense. Screen from an ODOT video.

Updated on Oct. 31: Torrential rains have interfered with wrap-up road work on US 26 on Mount Hood. Workers found one dry day to pave but they need another dry day to paint the road stripes. The current plan is for one more day of delays, on Saturday, November 1.

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If you plan on driving up to Mount Hood on US 26 this summer or any of the next three summers, you should probably know a few key details about the $25 million Mt. Hood Safety Project starting June 23, 2014 and running through the fall of 2016.

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UPDATE 8 PM FRIDAY: Hwy. 35 between Govy and Meadows was "a giant cluster F" for hours Friday evening, according to one witness stuck in traffic there. "We had to bust around at least 5 trucks stuck on 35. Tow trucks, cops, cars, people. Everywhere. Never saw anything like it."

UPDATE 10 AM SATURDAY: Hwy. 35 has been bumper to bumper most of the morning from White River to Meadows, with unchained cars and buses stuck in the snow.

Update 6 am Sunday: I-84 has reopened one eastbound lane, although oversized trucks are still prohibited on the highway for now.

Eastbound Interstate 84 will be closed all President's Day weekend at Exit 17 near Troutdale, adding hundreds if not thousands of cars and slow-moving trucks to Mount Hood's workhorse Highways 26 and 35.

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Timberline has been parked out each of the past three weekends.

Timberline will no longer run free Fusion Shuttle buses up from the Skibowl West parking lot now that Skibowl is finally operating all of its lifts.

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Timberline's main lot has filled early and often this season.

UPDATE: As of Feb. 15 the free Fusion Shuttle bus from Skibowl West to Timberline will no longer operate.

Fresh snow and sunshine lured thousands of skiers and snowboarders up Mount Hood last Saturday morning, and by 10 am there was nowhere left to park at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Photo courtesy of ODOT.

The latest information about the U.S. 26 Safety Project has been posted on a new ODOT website that is taking comments and input from the public.

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A $25 million effort to improve Highway 26. Photo courtesy of ODOT.

ODOT will host an open house Tuesday, January 21 at the Resort at the Mountain to discuss plans to improve safety along U.S. 26 between of Kiwanis Camp Road and Skibowl West.

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Silent Rock will get a few more months of silence with the delay.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has decided to reduce the scope of a major safety project planned for Highway 26 on Mount Hood after the first round of bids came in way over budget.

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