Share Your Vision for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Highway Covers

March 3, 2020

We invite you to make your voice heard! Help determine the future development scenarios for the I-5 highway covers in the Rose Quarter area.

The highway covers can add new community space above Interstate 5 between Interstates 84 and 405 in the Albina area. They have the potential to add economic value through redevelopment that truly reconnects the community. The space could be used for affordable housing, local businesses, or community organizations and open spaces that reflect the historic Albina community. Your input is important and will inform and guide the direction of how the I-5 highway covers support the Albina neighborhood vision for generations to come!

An independent assessment team retained by the Oregon Department of Transportation, at the direction of the Oregon Transportation Commission, wants to make sure the project matches the community’s vision for the Albina area and invites members of the community to join a series of three online open houses. Your input will help the team define options for what the future highway covers can look like, assess the benefits of each and evaluate how they can function to reconnect the Lower Albina area to the rest of the historic community. Visit the website to have your voice heard!

Online Open House #1, Now through March 15

The first online open house will discuss how the highway covers can be used to support the community’s vision for neighborhood revitalization and provide restorative justice that supports the historic and local community’s desired outcomes and needs.

Online Open House #2, April 16-May 10

The second online open house will review and refine potential development scenarios, assessing how the design of each scenario supports the community’s vision and restorative justice outcomes.

Online Open House #3, June 5-June 20

The third and final online open house will review final development scenarios borne out of the vision and outcomes discussed in previous sessions and evaluate and rank each development scenario’s performance in relationship to the community’s values and feasibility.

Last year, in response to direction from the Governor and requests from project stakeholders, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to retain a consultant team of local and national urban design, engineering, and environmental experts to conduct an independent assessment of the highway cover designs included in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The requests from Metro, Multnomah County, City of Portland, Portland Public Schools and Albina Vision Trust shaped the creation of the independent assessment process.

The goal for this independent team is to understand the vision and goals of stakeholders in the project area, generate potential highway cover scenarios, and assess the impacts and benefits of these scenarios. Considering how to rebuild the neighborhood, promote economic development, and better serve the historic Albina Community, an independent cover assessment team is working to develop three design scenarios for the highway covers with influence from the Historic Albina Advisory Board and guidance from the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Executive Steering Committee. The team is also seeking direct input from Black community members from the historic Albina neighborhood and other stakeholders through a series of virtual workshops and is inviting broader community input through online open houses, surveys, and public comment opportunities.

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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