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

For more information, contact:  April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514,

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.

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