Youth Design Forum
May 14, 2022
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I-5 between I-84 and I-405 is the top traffic bottleneck in Oregon and the 28th worst freight bottleneck in the nation as of 2021.
This section of I-5 has 3.5 times more crashes than the statewide average and some of the highest traffic volumes in the state.
I-5 in the Rose Quarter has traffic congestion for 12 hours each day. As congestion and safety issues increase, travel on I-5 between I-84 and I-405 becomes less reliable for drivers and freight movement.
The highway lacks full shoulders in many spots, making it difficult to clear accidents and tough for emergency vehicles to respond quickly.
Some of the project area is challenging to navigate for people walking, rolling and biking. Many of the local streets lack neighborhood connections and are undersized or incomplete.
2017: Oregon legislators pass House Bill 2017 "Keep Oregon Moving" which partially funds the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The Federal Highway Association (FHWA) and ODOT initiate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review.
2018: City of Portland adopts the Central City 2035 Plan and 2035 Transportation System Plan which both include the project. In addition, Metro includes the project in its 2018 Regional Transportation Plan.
2019: ODOT releases the NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) and holds a 45-day comment period.
2020: ODOT issues notice of intent to award a Construction Manager/General Contractor and releases the Cost to Complete Report. The Federal Highway Administration issues a Finding of No Significant Impact for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project joined with a Revised Environmental Assessment.
2021: ODOT releases an updated design package that reflects community input from the Environmental Assessment and informs the work of the construction team. Project advisory committees recommend adoption.
2023-2029: Tentative construction of I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.
Ongoing: The project team continues to intentionally listen, inform, and engage with communities of color, especially the historically impacted Black Albina community, the primary community displaced by past public and private development decisions.
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The first two decades of the federal interstate system construction displaced more than a million Americans. In the 1950s and 60s, this construction had a profoundly negative impact on communities of color.
In Portland, generations of Black families in the Albina neighborhood are still haunted by the lasting impact of the loss of their homes, businesses, places of worship and social cohesion. The construction of I-5, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland Public School Blanchard and "urban renewal" divided and displaced communities in North and Northeast Portland leaving generational trauma in its wake.
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