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U.S. 97 Business - Klamath Falls

Routing

Business U.S. 97 is the through-city routing for U.S. 97 at Klamath Falls. With U.S. 97 following a bypass route around downtown Klamath Falls, Business U.S. 97 travels through the city center. The business route follows the one-way street couplet of Main Street and Klamath Avenue through downtown and Esplanade Avenue to a junction with Oregon 39. Oregon 39 and Business U.S. 97 share pavement along Kit Carson Way, a controlled-access expressway, before meeting U.S. 97 in northern Klamath Falls.

U.S. 97 Oregon Highway Guides

U.S. 97 Business North
U.S. 97 Business northbound at its departure from U.S. 97 (Klamath Falls west bypass) onto Main Street near the north end of Lake Ewauna. The off-ramp serves Payne Street north and Main Street west to Riverside Drive and Main Street east into downtown. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Main Street descends toward the U.S. 97 Business partition into the one-way street couplet of Klamath Avenue (north) and Main Street (south). Photo taken 04/01/05.
Entering the Klamath Falls central business district on U.S. 97 Business (Klamath Avenue) northbound. Pictured here is the intersection with 5th Street southbound. 5th & 6th Street represent the former alignment of both Oregon 39 & 140 in downtown Klamath Falls. Traffic interests to Oregon 39 south & Oregon 140 east should turn right onto 5th Street south. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Northbound at the intersection with 6th Street (former Oregon 39 north & Oregon 140 west). Oregon 39 saw relocation from 6th Street onto the East Side Bypass and Alameda Avenue while Oregon 140 was relocated onto the Southside Expressway between U.S. 97 and Oregon 39 at Altamont. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business (Klamath Avenue) northbound at 7th Street. 7th Street links Klamath Avenue with Elm Avenue to the east. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Continuing north to the signalized intersection with 8th Street on U.S. 97 Business (Klamath Avenue) northbound. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business dog legs back to Main Street from Klamath Avenue via 12th Street. Klamath Avenue turns eats three more blocks to its end at Spring Street. A small guide sign directs northbound motorists onto 12th Street for its intersection with Main Street (U.S. 97 Business south). Photo taken 04/01/05.

U.S. 97 Business northbound rejoins southbound at the 12th Street intersection with Main Street. A pair of turn lanes provide for the continuation of the business route. Main Street west reenters downtown. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business northbound splits with Main Street for Esplanade Avenue. Main Street provides a more direct connection to Oregon 39 (Alameda Avenue) southbound than remaining on the business route north. Oregon 39 leads south to Oregon 140 at Altamont. From there Oregon 39 continues southeast to Merrill and Tulelake, California. Oregon 140 heads east to Lakeview and Winnemucca, Nevada (via U.S. 95 south). Photo taken 04/01/05.
Esplanade Avenue eastbound at the Southern Pacific Railroad overpass between Spring Street and Michigan Avenue. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Approaching the merge with Oregon 39 northbound on Esplanade Avenue. U.S. 97 Business merges with Oregon 39 along a 1.6-mile long expressway (Kit Carson Way) to U.S. 97 at north Klamath Falls. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business crosses the A Canal ahead of the intersection with Oregon 39 (Alameda Avenue / Kit Carson Way). A guide sign featuring the U.S. 97 control points of Crater Lake and Bend direct motorists onto Oregon 39 north. Esplanade Avenue continues northeast to Pacific Terrace through a residential area beyond the traffic light. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 North
U.S. 97 Business (Esplanade Street) northbound merges with Oregon 39 (Alameda Avenue) northbound east of downtown Klamath Falls. From there the tandem travel northward along a four-land divided highway north through the intersection with Portland Street. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 (Kit Carson Way) northbound on the approach to the intersection with Biehn Street and Campus Drive. Campus Drive spurs east of Kit Carson Way to the Oregon Institute of Technology and the Winema National Forest headquarters office. Photo taken 04/01/05.
A set of mast arm supported traffic lights govern the movements between U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 (Kit Carson Way) and Campus Drive north / Biehn Street south. Biehn Street leads into residential areas of Klamath Falls on the south drive to Oregon and Lakeview Drives. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Traffic along Kit Carson Way northbound defaults onto U.S. 97 (Dalles California Highway) northbound beyond the Campus Drive intersection. U.S. 97 straddles the shores of Upper Klamath Lake on the northward drive to Chiloquin, Crater Lake National Park, and Chemult. Photo taken 04/01/05.
An end shield for Oregon 39 resides at the U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 northbound merge with U.S. 97 (Dalles California Highway). U.S. 97 Business is ignored. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 South
U.S. 97 (The Dalles-California Highway) southbound at the split with U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 (Kit Carson Way) in Klamath Falls. U.S. 97 Business follows a 1.6-mile long expressway alignment with Oregon 39 to Esplanade Avenue and Main Street west through downtown. U.S. 97 meanwhile straddles the west edge of downtown along an expressway of its own. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 begin and travel over U.S. 97 northbound ahead of the intersection with Campus Drive east and Biehn Street south. Campus Drive leads to the Oregon Institute of Technology and the Winema National Forest headquarters office. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Southbound at the signalized intersection with Biehn Street and Campus Drive. Biehn Street leads south 0.7 miles to the intersection of Lakeview Avenue and Oregon Avenue. Campus Drive heads north to Town Center Drive and the O.I.T. campus. Photo taken 04/01/05.
The first reassurance marker posted for U.S. 97 Business lies south of the Biehn Street traffic light. Oregon 39 appears again at the split with the business loop at Esplanade Avenue. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Kit Carson Way continues south as a four-lane expressway alongside the Southern Pacific Railroad between Campus Drive and Portland Street. Photo taken 04/01/05.
A flasher governs the movements between U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 (Kit Carson Way) south at Portland Street. Portland Street travels one half mile east from Crescent Avenue to Newcastle Avenue. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business prepares to split from Oregon 39 southbound at the Kit Carson Way intersection with Alameda Avenue south and Esplanade Street west. Kit Carson Way parallels the A Canal ahead of the U.S. 98 Business southwest turn into downtown Klamath Falls. Photo taken 04/01/05.
A metal guard rail separates U.S. 97 Business & Oregon 39 (Kit Carson Way) southbound from the adjacent A Canal. The two routes partition ahead with Oregon 39 continuing south via Alameda Avenue to the Eastside Bypass and Altamont. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business turns southwest onto Esplanade Street across the A Canal as Oregon 39 transitions onto Alameda Avenue south. U.S. 97 Business splits into the one-way street couplet of Main Street (west) and Klamath Avenue (east) through downtown Klamath Falls. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 Business South
U.S. 97 Business partitions into the one-way street couplet of Main Street (south) and Klamath Avenue (north) between 12th Street and 1st Street through downtown Klamath Falls. A rare set of cutouts remain in place on Main Street southbound after the split with U.S. 97 Business at 12th Street. The signs reflect the former overlap with Oregon 39, since relocated to Alameda Avenue and the East Side Bypass, and the mainline of U.S. 97 rather than the business loop. Photo taken 04/01/05. Second photo taken 12/31/69.

Photo Credits:
2005-04-01 by AARoads

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U.S. Highway 97
Oregon 39 - Klamath Falls, Merrill

Page Updated 11-21-2005.

 
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