• Cover Option Advances

    The Oregon Transportation Commission approved the Historic Albina Advisory Board’s endorsement of the Hybrid 3 highway cover option. This option may create new community connections that support future economic development and land redevelopment opportunities.

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  • Project Fact Sheets now accessible online

    Want to know more about the project? From project area maps to project governance, our fact sheets are designed to keep you informed every step of the way.

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  • Learn About the Planned Improvements

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and our partners are continuing to study and design improvements to I-5 between I-84 and I-405 and local streets in the Rose Quarter area of Portland.

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  • A Safer, More Reliable I-5

    With high traffic volumes, closely spaced interchanges, and no shoulders, I-5 at the Rose Quarter is the biggest traffic bottleneck in Oregon. With this project, we can reduce frequent crashes, improving safety and reliability for travelers.

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  • Connecting Albina

    The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project creates new connections across I-5 and more space for people walking and biking, so everyone can travel more safely and conveniently through the Rose Quarter area.

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  • Creating Community & Economic Benefits

    The project is an opportunity to create the local street connections that will help Lower Albina share in the prosperity that the rest of the downtown area has seen.

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  • An Inclusive Process from Concept to Completion

    Learn about the community-centered core values woven throughout every fiber of the project.

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Project Description

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project adds auxiliary lanes and shoulders to reduce congestion and improve safety on Interstate 5, the main north-south freeway on the west coast. The project redesigns the multimodal local street network, smoothing 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 I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s transportation improvements allow the City to implement the development goals for the North/Northeast Portland area and realize the City’s Central City 2035 Plan.

PROJECT STATUS

On September 9, 2021 the Oregon Transportation Commission approved the Historic Albina Advisory Board’s endorsement of the Hybrid 3 highway cover option. The independent highway cover assessment which led to the development of Hybrid 3 concluded in July 2021. You can view the final report here.

Design work for the project continues. Last spring, a design package was produced that includes comments from project partners and community input from the Environmental Assessment. This design update will inform the work of the construction team and support a collaborative approach to addressing design issues, challenges and opportunities moving forward. The Executive Summary includes more information about the 2021 design update. Additionally, project findings of compatibility with local land use plans were adopted on April 5, 2021. The next design update will be ready in late 2022.

History in Albina and Looking to the Future

The first two decades of the federal interstate system construction displaced more than a million Americans. In the 1950s and 60s, this construction had a profoundly negative impact on communities of color.

In Portland, generations of Black families of the Albina neighborhood are still haunted by the lasting impact of the loss of their homes, businesses, places of worship and social cohesion. The construction of I-5, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland Public School Blanchard site, and “urban renewal” divided and displaced communities in North and Northeast Portland leaving generational trauma in its wake.

Success Story: Foreman Turon White found more than a job at Raimore Construction.

Today, ODOT is determined to weaken the barriers created by the initial highway construction in order to create a better future for Black Portlanders. The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is expected to generate substantial opportunities for economic development and redevelopment in the Albina neighborhood. By adhering to project values that center the Black community, ODOT is determined to level up.

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