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Oregon Route 31 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Oregon that runs between the Central Oregon cities of La Pine and Lakeview. OR 31 traverses most of the Fremont Highway No. 19 of the Oregon state highway system,[2] named after John C. Frémont. The entire length of OR 31 is part of the Outback Scenic Byway, though the byway extends further south beyond the end of OR 31, to the California border.

Oregon Route 31 marker

Oregon Route 31
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length120.57 mi[1] (194.04 km)
Existed1932–present
Component
highways
Fremont Highway No. 19
Major junctions
South end US 395 in Valley Falls
North end US 97 near La Pine
Location
CountiesLake, Deschutes
Highway system
US 30OR 34

Route descriptionEdit

 
Northern terminus of OR 31 looking south

Oregon 31 runs northwest-southeast, but is signed north–south. It is a two-lane rural road for its entire length. The northern terminus of the highway is at an intersection with U.S. Route 97 south of the city of La Pine. From there, the highway heads southeast, passing near the natural attractions of Big Hole, Hole-in-the-Ground, and Fort Rock State Natural Area. The route turns briefly east, passing by Paulina Marsh and Silver Lake and through the community of Silver Lake; it then turns south, goes over Picture Rock Pass, and passes by the Summer Lake Wildlife Area, then through the community of Summer Lake and by the lake of the same name. The road then runs east near the south shore of Summer Lake, then southeast through Paisley. Near the southern end of Abert Lake, and north of Lakeview, the highway ends at an intersection with U.S. Route 395.

A previous routing from a 1916 map shows the highway's northern terminus near Millican on U.S. 20, proceeding down Forest Road 25, then down Forest Road 18/Cabin Lake Road to the community of Fort Rock and continuing south on Pitcher Lane and Picture Lane to Silver Lake.[citation needed]

Major intersectionsEdit

Milepoints are as reported by ODOT and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. Z indicates overlapping mileage due to construction longer than established route, and – indicates negative mileage behind established beginning point.[3] Segments that are locally maintained may be omitted. For routes traversing multiple named state highways, each milepoint is preceded by the corresponding state highway number. 

CountyLocation[1]Milepoint[1]DestinationsNotes
LakeValley Falls120.57  US 395 south – Lakeview, Reno
  US 395 north – Wagontire, Burns
116.50Chewaucan River
109.27
Paisley98.22
79.47Hunter Hill Summit, elevation 4,205 feet (1,282 m)
Summer Lake69.12Fremont Memorial historical marker
69.09Summer Lake Safety Rest Area
62.95Picture Rock Pass Summit, elevation 4,830 feet (1,470 m)
Fort Rock Junction28.97Fort Rock historical marker
Deschutes0.00  US 97 – Crescent, Klamath Falls, La Pine, Bend
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "Straightline Charts". Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services Unit. "2012 Cross Reference Table of Highway Route Number to State Highway Number" (PDF). Transportation Development Division, Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Road Inventory and Classification Services (July 2017). "Straightline Chart Legend" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 7, 2018.

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