Apply to help shape the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project

Applications now available for Community Advisory Committee

Community members gather around a table to share their feedback at the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Open House.

We are currently recruiting interested community members to serve on an advisory committee. The committee will help shape the project design and recommend avenues for equitable engagement with the community. The application period runs through February 18, 2020. Apply today!

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will include up to 20 members who represent diverse perspectives. Meetings will occur up to nine times per year for up to three hours at a location within or near the project area. Interested community members can learn more and apply at http://i5rosequarter.org/.

The project team has heard from the community about the importance of continued public engagement. The CAC is one example of how the project will intentionally seek community input, further extend opportunities for the public to engage, and bring community interests and values into the decision-making process. As the project moves forward, ODOT will demonstrate and communicate how the CAC’s input meaningfully informs project decisions.

In addition to seeking diversity in the CAC respective to geography, demographics, and current interests, ODOT strives for committee composition reflecting the historic Black and African American Albina Community.

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About the Project

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project adds auxiliary lanes and shoulders to reduce congestion and improve safety on the main north-south freeway on the west coast and redesigns the local multimodal street network. The project will smooth traffic flow on I-5 between I-84 and I-405 where three interstates intersect and feature the biggest traffic bottleneck in Oregon. The project will also improve community connections by redesigning overpasses and reconnecting neighborhood streets, enhancing public spaces, and promoting economic development opportunities. The project’s transportation improvements allow the City to implement the development goals for the N/NE area and realize the City’s Central City 2035 Plan.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project recruiting community advisors

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is recruiting interested community members to serve on an advisory committee. The committee will help shape the project design and recommend avenues for equitable engagement with the community. The application period runs through February 18, 2020.

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will be composed of up to 20 members who represent diverse perspectives. Meetings will occur up to nine times per year for up to three hours at a location within or near the project area. Interested community members can learn more and apply at http://www.i5rosequarter.org/.

ODOT is convening the committee to further extend opportunities for the public to engage on the project. As it progresses, ODOT will demonstrate and communicate how the CAC’s input meaningfully informed project decisions.

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project adds auxiliary lanes and shoulders to reduce congestion and improve safety on the main north-south freeway on the west coast and redesigns the multimodal local street network. The project will smooth traffic flow on I-5 between I-84 and I-405 where three interstates intersect and feature the biggest traffic bottleneck in Oregon. The project will also improve community connections by redesigning overpasses and reconnecting neighborhood streets, enhancing public spaces, and promoting economic development opportunities. The Project’s transportation improvements allow the City of Portland to implement the development goals for the N/NE area and realize the City’s Central City 2035 Plan.

Project information is available in alternative formats upon request. Please call 503-470-3127, TTY 800-735-2900 or statewide relay 7-1-1.

Si desea obtener información sobre este proyecto traducida al español, sírvase llamar al 503-470-3127

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Oregon Transportation Commission sets new directions for Rose Quarter Project

The Oregon Transportation Commission Thursday sent on an important cost study of the Rose Quarter project to the Oregon Legislature, and set in motion a number of efforts to more fully involve the community in decisions around the project and better evaluate alternatives to help reconnect the Albina community.

“I think our role in strengthening partnerships is very clear and significant because we are committed to partnering with local government not through words but through actions,” said Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin. “There are lot of values, ideas and interests to consider.”

The Commission wrote a Proposed OTC Actions memo that:

  • Approved the Cost-to-Complete Report.outlining the costs needed to complete the Rose Quarter project that the Oregon Department of Transportation will submit to the Oregon Legislature.
  • Set a March 20, 2020 deadline to decide whether the Oregon Department of Transportation will complete an Environmental Assessment or conduct an Environmental Impact Statement.

The Memo further directs ODOT to:

  • Create a Rose Quarter Executive Advisory Committee and a Project Community Advisory Committee
  • Recommend principles and values for possible adoption by the Commission
  • Conduct an evaluation of the freeway covers
  • Continue to work with the Portland Public Schools to address concerns about the potential impact of the Rose Quarter Project

“We welcome the guidance provided by the Commission today,” said Megan Channell, the ODOT’s Rose Quarter Project Director. “Their leadership and direction ensures we have a specific path to move forward on this project of statewide significance, while continuing to work closely with our regional partners and stakeholders.”

Learn more about the project at www.i5rosequarter.org.

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Cost to Complete report now available

When the OreSnapshot of reportgon Legislature voted to fund the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project as part of its 2017 transportation package, Keep Oregon Moving, it asked ODOT to develop a more accurate cost estimate by February 2020. The estimate – captured in the Cost to Complete report – is now available. The Oregon Transportation Commission will review the report at its January 23 meeting.

 

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