April E-Newsletter

In this issue:

  • COVID-19
  • OTC to ODOT: Continue work on I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project
  • Project next steps
  • ODOT seeking Project contractor
  • Executive Steering Committee update
  • Rose Quarter underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up


In response to Governor Kate Brown’s directive to “Stay Home, Save Lives,” all ODOT-related meetings will be held on a virtual platform and will remain open to the public. ODOT is committed to maintaining accessibility and transparency for all public meetings. Look to the Project website for public involvement opportunities and event information. Visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page for more information.

Rose Quarter Underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

Pavement Exploration Work Starts in May

Crews are planning pavement exploration work in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project area starting in early May and continuing until late May. The work will provide information about the existing pavement condition of local streets to inform the multimodal design of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

What you will see and hear

The pavement explorations will be conducted by machine or hand and will involve holes ranging from 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep to 8 inches wide and 10 feet deep and will be backfilled within 24 hours and covered when not in use. You may hear some noise while crews work nearby, but activities will be no louder than typical traffic noises.

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Community Opportunity Advisory Committee (COAC) to meet on April 21

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise & On the Job Training (DBE/OJT) Community Opportunity Advisory Committee (COAC) will meet on April 21, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, and will be hosted using Zoom, an online meeting platform. The meeting will be open for the public to listen. To make sure your computer is properly setup before the meeting, you can use the Zoom test site.

If you wish to attend the meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, please contact the Project team at 503-470-3127 at least 24 hours before the meeting time.

Visit the events page for more details or use the link below to join us on the 21st.

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ODOT Releases Request for Proposals for Construction Manager/General Contractor for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project

PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Transportation today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the Portland-area I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The CM/GC will provide input during the design phase, including helping to optimize project elements, increase efficiency, and identify and mitigate risks before the start of construction. The CM/GC will help make informed decisions on how to reduce cost, save time, and ensure community values are incorporated during project construction.

The CM/GC project delivery process is a unique effort to create a path that allows for investment in the historic Albina district and is intentional to fit the needs of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. This process allows the contractor to join the project team early in design and use a variety of innovative tools for increased community engagement and inclusion of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms and maximizes the opportunity to help build the capacity of minority-owned businesses for current and future projects.

The RFP will remain open for five weeks. A mandatory pre-proposal conference is scheduled for April 28. To be in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order regarding COVID-19 safety measures, the meeting will be held via video conference or teleconference or both. Find the RFP and pre-proposal conference details at the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) website. To access the RFP via ORPIN, you will need to select “Browse” and then “Browse Opportunities.” Here you can access the open opportunities, including the CM/GC RFP for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

Learn more about the project at i5RoseQuarter.org

Read the full news release.

OTC moves I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project forward

PORTLAND – Today, the Oregon Transportation Commission approved continuing the federal Environmental Assessment process for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.  The Commission directed ODOT to continue to work with local government partners on a set of actions the Commission approved in January.  Those include:

  • Retaining a consultant to develop alternative design concepts for highway covers over I-5 in the Rose Quarter area capable of supporting multi-story structures;
  • Conducting a peer review of the project’s air quality and noise reports with a panel of experts to assure air and noise quality analysis and mitigation measures are sufficient;
  • Continuing to work with the Executive Steering Committee made up of local government officials and other community leaders;
  • Through minority-owned business and workforce programs, provide job opportunities in the Albina area;
  • Consulting with the Community Advisory Committee and Community Opportunity Advisory Committee on local community concerns and needs; and
  • Implementing congestion pricing in the Rose Quarter corridor to manage traffic demand and finance multimodal transportation improvements.

“We are pleased with the progress we are making in establishing forums and investing in efforts to partner with Portland area leaders on achieving a comprehensive vision for the Rose Quarter area,” said Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin.  “The Rose Quarter freeway improvements will reduce congestion, improve safety, and allow new transit facilities on the worst traffic bottleneck in the state and one of the most congested freeway corridors in the country.  The needs in the Rose Quarter area are extensive and varied.  We need to work collaboratively to achieve a comprehensive solution.”

Commissioner Sharon Smith from Bend noted, “We appreciate all the community input and share the interests of restorative justice and environmental progress.  The decision to continue an Environmental Assessment recognized the substantial work done by ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration in defining the scope and appropriate path under the National Environmental Policy Act.  We have been directed by the Legislature under House Bill 2017 to deliver the Rose Quarter Project.  We will do so in collaboration with the local community.”

Rose Quarter Project Director Megan Channell observed, “This project is only 15 percent designed.  We are ready to undergo a robust and intentional community engagement process to help address historic harm to the Albina community and create a forward leaning project that will serve the community for the long-term.”

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

Read the full news release.