I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project: Join Us at the Public Hearing Tonight

Over the past year and a half, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with the City of Portland, have been conducting an environmental study, also known as an Environmental Assessment, for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The Environmental Assessment was published on February 15, 2019 and is now available for public review and comment.

Review the Project’s Environmental Assessment.

The project is hosting a public hearing where you can provide verbal testimony to project decision makers, following a brief project presentation.

Elected officials will comment first, followed by comments from the general public.

Public Hearing


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March 12, 2019
Oregon Convention Center – Room A108
777 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, OR
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Sign up to speak
5:00 p.m. – Event begins: Presentation followed by public comments


Speakers will have up to two minutes to speak and must:

  • sign up in person during official registration, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on March 12
  • only sign up for themselves

There are 10 accessible parking spaces on Parking Level 1 (P1) and 11 accessible spaces on Parking Level 2 (P2). Parking Level 2 (P2) includes accessible areas with a 9-foot ceiling clearance to accommodate adapted vehicles.

The Oregon Convention Center is located off of Interstate 5 North from Exit 302A-Rose Quarter, or from Interstate 84 West Exit 1-Lloyd Boulevard. The Oregon Convention Center is also easily accessible via Bus Line #6, Portland Streetcar’s Central Loop, and MAX.

The westbound platform at Convention Center MAX Station (Stop ID 8376) is temporarily closed due to adjacent construction. The eastbound platform (Stop ID 8341) will remain open.

During the closure, use nearby westbound MAX platforms at Rose Quarter Transit Center (Stop ID 8377) or NE 7th Ave (Stop ID 8375).

Learn more at http://trimet.org/alerts/conventioncenter.htm.

How else can I review the study and provide feedback?

There are many ways to provide your input during the comment period that runs from February 15 – April 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Read the full news release.

Two meetings look at Rose Quarter Improvement Project

The public will have two opportunities in the next week to learn more about the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project planned by ODOT and the City of Portland.

The project will improve the Rose Quarter area with operational, safety and seismic improvements, upgraded bridges over Interstate 5, new bicycle and pedestrian crossings and new auxiliary lanes and safety shoulders in the half-century old I-5 corridor. The project will reduce crashes on I-5 and save drivers about 2.5 million hours of delay each year, making travel in the Rose Quarter more reliable.

On Thursday, March 7, a drop-in open house will include information about the project, the environmental study, and a chance to speak with project staff. And on Tuesday, March 12, ODOT and the City of Portland will hold a public hearing to provide an opportunity for the public to provide oral testimony.

Here are the details.

  • Open House, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 7, Leftbank Annex , Clubroom, 101 N. Weidler St., Portland. The public will have a chance to learn more about the project, environmental study, and informally chat with project staff.
  • Public Hearing, 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, Room A108-109, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., the public may sign up to speak at the meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. Public comment will follow a brief presentation.

Additional ways to comment on the project include:

  • Email – info@i5RoseQuarter.org
  • Mail – ODOT, Attn: Megan Channell, 123 N.W. Flanders St. Portland, OR, 97209
  • Phone – Leave a recorded comment at 503-423-3760
  • Online Open House – Through 5 p.m. Monday, April 1 at i5rosequarter.org

On Feb. 15, the Project’s environmental assessment was published for public review. The environmental assessment evaluates the potential environmental impacts and benefits of the Project. The public comment period on the assessment will close at 5 p.m. April 1. The environmental assessment and other project materials can be found at i5rosequarter.org.

Open House and Public Hearing locations can be accessed easily by bus, MAX and Portland Streetcar. Learn more about parking and transit access for these events at the project website.

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. 

Si desea obtener información sobre este proyecto traducida al español, sírvase llamar al 503-731-4128’

NOTE TO EDITORS: ODOT experts on the project will be available for interviews on Thursday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 12.

Read the full news release.