Majority of Portland metro residents support the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project

For more information, contact:  April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

December 15, 2020

A public survey was conducted September 8 through 28 2020 to better understand community vision and values for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and project area. After respondents learned about the project, 77 percent of Portland area respondents and 83 percent of African American respondents support the project. This survey was conducted separate from the online open house survey that was available in late November 2020.

“We are pleased that the results of this statistically valid survey support that the need for the project has not changed since it was identified and funded in House Bill 2017,”said Megan Channell, Project Director.

A total of 605 adults in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties were asked a variety of questions ranging from their view on project elements to highway cover uses and project values. In line with the project values around restorative justice and elevating Black voices, the survey included an oversample of the African American community that better reflects the Albina community (rather than the region). African Americans comprised 8 percent of respondents.

Among all elements of the project, the most popular were I-5 highway improvements.

  • 81% of respondents support the addition of shoulders
  • 77% of respondents support the addition of auxiliary lanes in the project area.

Following direction from the OTC in April 2020, ODOT, in collaboration with project partners, hired an independent consultant to evaluate the highway cover design options. Respondents were asked about their preferences for how to use the highway covers. Their responses will inform the work of the independent highway cover assessment team. Among all respondents, preferences varied, but all of the options were popular.

  • 77% of respondents want to see more outdoor areas such as parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields.
  • 86% of African American respondents want to see buildings containing affordable space for community organizations.
  • 86% of African American respondents support project elements for restorative justice and community cohesion.

Respondents were asked to choose their top priority for the use of the highway covers.

  • Buildings for affordable housing rated the highest with 26% support from all respondents.
  • 27% of African American respondents chose community gathering places as a top priority.
  • 19% of African American respondents support affordable housing as a second priority.

Respondents also ranked their support of stated project values.

  • 75% of all repondents ranked mobility-related project values and outcomes high. (e.g., congestion, safety, and travel times).
  • 87% of African American respondents chose climate action and public health as their top project value.
  • 83% of African American respondents supported restorative justice as the second most important project value.

“This survey is just one of the many outreach tools we use to obtain community input,” Channell said. “We will add this feedback to other input we’ve received, which will allow us to build a project that best reflects the community it serves and is built for the community.”

The margin of error for a survey of 605 interviews is ±4.0 percent at the 95 percent confidence level for each individual sample. The margin of error is higher for subsamples, including the African American subgroup at ±13.9 percent.

About the project

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is committed to supporting a safer, more just and inclusive Albina community and greater Portland region. The project will make local, regional, and international travel more predictable and reduce frequent crashes on the I-5 corridor, supporting Oregon’s economy, and will create new community connections to support future economic development. The historic Albina community must benefit from the investment of this project.

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is one of several projects in ODOT’s Comprehensive Congestion Management Plan. This plan recognizes that single projects alone cannot independently solve the region’s congestion problems – a holistic, comprehensive, system-wide approach will deliver results for the region and the state.

Learn more about the project and sign up for email updates at:

www.i5RoseQuarter.org

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Community Oversight Advisory Committee Meeting Virtually on December 10 and Executive Steering Committee Meeting on December 14

December 8, 2020

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend both the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Community Oversight Advisory Committee and the Executive Steering Committee meeting.

On Thursday, December 10, the Community Oversight Advisory Committee will be meeting online from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page from more information.

On Monday, December 14, the Executive Steering Committee will meet online from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page for more information.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting.

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before the meeting will be shared with committee members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

This is a virtual meeting in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

 

MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE

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December E-Newsletter

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Newsletter

December 2, 2020

In this issue:

  • How do you envision the Rose Quarter?
  • Rose Quarter Recap: Project Committees
  • Rose Quarter Underground: Looking at Conditions from the Bottom Up
  • About the Project

How do you envision the Rose Quarter?

It’s not too late! You’re invited to join us at an online open house through Sunday, December 6 to learn about and influence the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

We’re sorry we can’t meet in person right now, due to COVID-19 safety measures, but we want to share what is currently happening with the project and hear your feedback on what happens next.

Your feedback, combined with the work with our advisory committees, the Independent Cover Assessment, and ongoing conversations with our partners and stakeholders will help us understand community expectations, inform future design decisions, and ensure we deliver on our commitment to reconnect historic Albina in a way that reflects the community’s values. We are working with the community to develop and build a transformative project that addresses congestion, safety and community connections, and leads to economic opportunities, especially for our African American community members.

Visit the Get Involved page for more information on the online open house.

Rose Quarter Recap: Project Committees

Executive Steering Committee

The Executive Steering Committee met online on November 23. The committee heard about the schedule of work, key milestones, and procedures for the Independent Highway Cover Assessment. The committee heard takeaways about how the project can further build upon existing work to enhance cover design and began discussions around partnerships for building, operating, and maintaining the covers over time. The committee also received a project update from Megan Channell, Project Director. The online meeting was open to the public. View a video of the meeting and download materials at the project website.

The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) convened the Executive Steering Committee in consultation with ODOT and regional partners to advise the OTC and ODOT on I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project decisions. The committee advises on principles and values to guide the Project, design elements such as highway covers, equitable engagement strategies, and other considerations. OTC Vice Chair Alando Simpson is the committee chair and Dr. Steven Holt facilitates the committee meetings. The next meeting will take place on Monday, December 14, 2020. Check back on the Project’s events page for more information.

Learn more about the Executive Steering Committee

Community Oversight Advisory Committee

The public is invited to attend the next I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Community Oversight Advisory Committee meeting. On Thursday, December 10, the committee will meet online from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. See the Events page on the project’s website for more information on the meeting’s agenda and how to engage.

 Learn more about the Community Oversight Advisory Committee

Rose Quarter Underground: Looking at Conditions from the Bottom Up

Crews conducting soil sampling will be using heavy equipment like the truck-mounted and track-mounted rigs shown above.

ODOT contractor crews are out in the Project area to collect critical data to inform Project design and construction. This work will cause temporary closures and detours for people walking, biking, rolling, driving, and on transit. Anticipated closures and detours will be posted weekly on TripCheck. You may hear some noise as crews work nearby, but activities will be no louder than typical traffic noise.

 

Three types of separate field work are scheduled to take place:

 

Activity Description Duration
Utility mapping Locate, map and record data on underground utilities in project area December 2020– March 2021
Soil sampling Soil sample collection in project area December 2020 – April 2021
Hazardous materials sampling Collection of paint and other materials samples in project area December 2020 – March 2021

 Check here soon to learn more about work hours and traffic and noise impacts

About the Project

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is committed to supporting a safer, more just and inclusive Albina community and greater Portland region. The project will make local, regional, and international travel more predictable and reduce frequent crashes on the I-5 corridor, supporting Oregon’s economy, and will create new community connections to support future economic development. We must ensure the historic Albina community benefits from the investment of this project.

The project will improve community places, spaces, and connections. It will reimagine highway overpasses to complement local street improvements that reconnect neighborhood streets. It will enhance public spaces while supporting opportunities for economic development and wealth generation for the Black community, including land redevelopment opportunities. On I-5, the project will add auxiliary lanes and shoulders to improve travel reliability and safety and will smooth traffic flow between I-84 and I-405 where three interstates meet at the top traffic bottleneck in Oregon and 19th worst bottleneck in the nation. The project is led by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The Oregon State Legislature identified the project as a key transportation investment in 2017.

Learn more about the project and sign up for email updates at:

www.i5RoseQuarter.org

In response to Governor Kate Brown’s directive to “Stay Home, Save Lives,” all Project public meetings are being held on a virtual platform. We are committed to maintaining accessibility and transparency for all public meetings. Look to the Project website for opportunities to get involved. Visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page for more information.

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.

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ROSE QUARTER UNDERGROUND: LOOKING AT CONDITIONS FROM THE BOTTOM UP

CREWS WILL BEGIN UTILITY MAPPING AND SOIL AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAMPLING THIS WINTER

Utility mapping nighttime work starts in December

Utility mapping and investigation work will begin in December and continue through March. Work will occur on or near I-5, local streets, and the Rose Quarter Transit Center. Crews will collect and record the locations of underground utilities to inform design and construction planning with short-term traffic impacts and little noise.

Here’s what you can expect from the utility mapping work:

Work dates: December through March
Nighttime work: Mon-Sat, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Temporary closures and detours for people walking, biking, rolling, driving, and on transit

Soil and hazardous materials sampling to start in December

Crews are expected to begin collecting soil and other material samples throughout the Rose Quarter area in early December and continue through April. Sampling will occur on and near I-5 at nighttime and along several local streets primarily during the day. The work will ensure that designs are appropriate for local soil conditions and that construction activities are done safely.

What you will see and hear

Soil sampling will be conducted by heavy machinery: a truck-mounted rig for most locations and a track-mounted rig for sites that are difficult to access (shown below). The work involves digging holes approximately 8 to 12 inches wide and up to 120 feet deep. They will be covered while not in use and backfilled within approximately two weeks.

Hazardous materials sampling will involve collecting small amounts of paint and other materials from bridges and other structures to test for hazardous materials. Crews will also dig and then refill small holes by hand to collect samples from highway shoulders.

You may hear some noise while crews work nearby, but activities will be no louder than typical traffic noises.

Here’s what you can expect from the soil and hazardous materials sampling work:

Work dates: December through April
Daytime work: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nighttime work: Mon-Sat, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Temporary closures and detours for people walking, biking, rolling, and driving

Visit ODOT’s Weekly Construction Update and visit TripCheckimage linked to trip check website for details on specific closures and detours – updates will be posted regularly until work is complete.

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