I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Upcoming Historic Albina Advisory Board Meeting, Tuesday June 1, 2021

For more information, contact: Tia Williams, 971-378-4295, tia.williams@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Historic Albina Advisory Board meeting next week on Tuesday, June 1, online from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Please visit the project’s events page for more information.

The next Historic Albina Advisory Board meeting will focus on Independent Cover Assessment Workshop #3 to review final development scenarios and evaluate each development scenario’s performance in relationship to the community’s values and feasibility.

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

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with “Historic Albina Advisory Board” 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 

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project May 20 Community Oversight Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

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

The Community Oversight Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for today, Thursday, May 20, 2021 has been cancelled.

Visit our project’s events page for more information on upcoming advisory committee meetings, including more information on the next meeting of the Community Oversight Advisory Committee coming soon.

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Three Advisory Committees to Meet Jointly

For more information:

Tia Williams, 971-378-4295, tia.williams@odot.state.or.us;

April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

 

PORTLAND, OR—  On Tuesday evening, May 18, the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Historic Albina Advisory Board, Executive Steering Committee,  and Community Oversight Advisory Committee will meet jointly to discuss highway cover design considerations.

“The Rose Quarter Improvement project is a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest real dollars into the community. That means thousands of jobs, new community connections, and a chance to change the narrative on what a major transportation project can be; restorative,” says Alando Simpson, Oregon Transportation Commission vice chair and chair of the Executive Steering Committee.

This joint coordination is to ensure that the Executive Steering Committee’s July recommendation to the Oregon Transportation Commission elevates the voices of members of the historic Albina community – more specifically, the many Black families and individuals that were impacted and displaced over decades as a result of inequitable public policy and infrastructure projects, as represented by the Historic Albina Advisory Board.

“Historical Albina is more than a battleground over freeway expansion or air quality. It was once what my Aunt called ‘the crossroads of the world’ for Black Portland,“ says Historic Albina Advisory Board member Estelle Love-Lavespere. “We have been displaced; the community has been gentrified. Gentrification and displacement does exactly what it is meant to do: disrupts and disempowers the economic, educational and social ties of a community. This is why the voice of the HAAB is important, and why our voice in the decision-making process must be heard.”

The meeting will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m Tuesday. It will be livestreamed and live-captioned. Find the link to join the livestream, agenda and other meeting materials at the project events webpage: i5rosequarter.org/event.

The joint meeting on May 18 is just one of several coordinated meetings, in advance of a forthcoming highway cover recommendation to the Oregon Transportation Commission in July:

  • May 18 – The Historic Albina Advisory Board, Executive Steering Committee, and Community Oversight Advisory Committee will jointly meet to hear more on the project’s preliminary Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and workforce program and initial analysis of highway cover design considerations.
  • May 24 – The Executive Steering Committee and Historic Albina Advisory Board will jointly meet  to continue discussion from the May 18 meeting with additional details related to the cover concepts provided by the Independent Cover Assessment team.
  • June 1 – The Independent Cover Assessment team will host the third workshop with the Historic Albina Advisory Board to review final development scenarios and evaluate and rank each development scenario’s performance related to the community’s values and feasibility.
  • June 7 – The Independent Cover Assessment team will host the third workshop with the Executive Steering Committee  to review final development scenarios and evaluate and rank each development scenario’s performance related to the community’s values and feasibility.

The committees will meet again in late June to develop a final recommendation in advance of the July 15th Oregon Transportation Committee meeting.

The Independent Cover Assessment team recently closed the second of three online open houses about the highway covers on May 10. A third and final public online open house will take place from June 5 to 14. More information about these open houses can be found at www.albinahighwaycovers.com.

About the Independent Cover Assessment

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.

 

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Joint Committee Meeting on May 18, 2021

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-223-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Joint Committee meeting.

On Tuesday, May 18, the Executive Steering Committee, Historic Albina Advisory Board, and Community Oversight Advisory Committee will meet jointly online from 4:00 – 7:00 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 “Joint Committee Meeting Public Comment” 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

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

Si desea obtener información sobre este proyecto traducida al español, sírvase llamar al 503-731-4128.

Nếu quý vị muốn thông tin về dự án này được dịch sang tiếng Việt, xin gọi 503-731-4128.

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Rose Quarter Underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

Fieldwork in the Rose Quarter Area

Crews will continue collecting soil samples throughout the Rose Quarter area through June. Sampling on and near I-5 will occur at nighttime and during the day on local streets. 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 (shown below) and a track-mounted rig for sites that are difficult to access. 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.

Boring truck rig that will take soil samples.

 

Boring truck rig that will take soil samples.

 

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Work dates: May – June 2021
  • Nighttime work: Mon – Sat 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Daytime work: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Temporary closures and detours for people walking, biking, rolling, and driving
  • Partial lane closures

Visit TripCheck (www.tripcheck.com) for details on specific closures and detours.

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