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

Если вы хотите чтобы информация об этом проекте была переведена на русский язык, пожалуйста, звоните по телефону 503-731-4128.

如果您想瞭解這個項目,我們有提供繁體中文翻譯,請致電:503-731-4128。

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November Email Update

In this issue:

  • Rose Quarter Revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Released
  • Historic Albina Advisory Board Recruitment
  • Have Your say at the Online Open House
  • Rose Quarter Recap: Project Committees
  • A Rose by Any Other Name: Featured Community Voices
  • Rose Quarter Underground: Looking at Conditions from the Bottom Up
  • About the Project

Rose Quarter Revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Released

On November 6, 2020, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, joined with a Revised Environmental Assessment. This marks the completion of the environmental review phase under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the project and provides direction to proceed with designing the project.

 

 

Applications Now Open for Historic Albina Advisory Board

We are now accepting membership applications for the Historic Albina Advisory Board to help advise ODOT and the Executive Steering Committee about project design and future development of the historic Albina neighborhood. This volunteer board will include Black Portlanders and community members with strong connections to historic Albina who will meet approximately monthly through the design phase of the project.

The purpose of the board is to elevate voices in the Black community to ensure that project outcomes reflect community interests and values and that historic Albina directly benefits from the investments of this project.

Ericka Warren will facilitate the board. Learn more about Ericka below.

If you are interested in serving, please apply for one of the six open positions. Applications will be accepted from Monday, November 9 through Monday, November 30.

 

Rose Quarter Recap: Project Committees

Executive Steering Committee

The Executive Steering Committee met online on October 26. The committee adopted their charter and the project’s values and heard about the Independent Highway Cover Assessment process and the committee’s role in guiding that work. In the months ahead, the process will involve a series of work sessions with other stakeholder groups. The online meeting was open to the public. The committee also received a project update from Megan Channell, Project Director. 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, November 23, 2020. Check back on the project’s events page for more information.

screenshot of ESC members during a Zoom meeting

 

Have your say at the Online Open House

You’re invited to join us at an online open house from Monday, November 16 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 our 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 events page for more information on the online open house

 

A Rose by Any Other Name: Featured Community Voices

Meet Ericka Warren – Strategic Advisor and Historic Albina Advisory Board (HAAB) Facilitator

 

Ericka Warren headshot

 

 

 

“Portland is my home, Albina is my community and my ultimate goal is to see the community benefit.”

 

 

 

 

This month we are excited to spotlight a fantastic member of the community and project team. Today we hear from Ericka Warren, the new facilitator for the Historic Albina Advisory Board and project consultant with Try Excellence, LLC. On October 29, 2020, we had the opportunity to virtually sit down with Ericka to learn more about her history and her involvement in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

How long have you lived in Portland?

My family has lived in Portland for three generations. I was born and raised in Portland and while I have also spent some time living outside of Portland – in Seattle, Detroit, and Dallas – I came back home to Portland nine years ago.

What motivated you to become involved with the Executive Steering Committee and Historic Albina Advisory Board (HAAB)?

ODOT brought Try Excellence, LLC to the table to help in strategy development as it pertains to community relations, building connections and facilitation of conversations with the agency and the Black community. We felt that this was a great opportunity to help influence the potential for growth and change in this area.

 

The Historic Albina Advisory Board really developed as a result of wanting to have measurable outcomes associated with the ideal of elevating the voices of the Black community and those that were historically harmed by past transportation projects. The Historic Albina Advisory Board is an attempt to stay aligned with the project’s values and to really allow those with deep ties to Albina and who have been impacted to be able to influence the project design.

If you wanted the community to know one thing about your job, what would it be?

That I belong to them – that I am them. My interest is to see the community benefit. What’s been great about this season in my life is I get to do something I’m passionate about. It is more than a commitment and obligation, more than just a job. It represents my family and those elders in the community who sacrificed before me. It’s an opportunity to influence, educate, and bridge gaps.

A fun fact about yourself?

It may surprise people that I majored in Asian Studies/Japanese at the University of Oregon. Most people probably wouldn’t expect that. Japanese and other languages were tonal for me, meaning I could easily mimic the tone. Being a singer growing up, the tonal nature of Japanese was easy. After I finished school, I went out on the road singing and spent a number of years touring as a professional singer. It’s fun for my daughter because we get to speak a little Japanese as she’s really into Anime.

 

A gracious arigato to Ericka Warren for her leadership!

 

Rose Quarter Underground: Looking at Conditions from the Bottom Up

ODOT contractor crews are out in the project area to collect critical data to inform project design.

ODOT contractor crews are out in the project area to collect critical data to inform project design. The following types of field work are scheduled to take place:

Activity Description Duration
Utility mapping Locate, map and record data on underground utilities in Project area June – December 2020
Soil sampling Soil sample collection in Project area July – November 2020

 

 

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.

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.

Если вы хотите чтобы информация об этом проекте была переведена на русский язык, пожалуйста, звоните по телефону 503-731-4128.

如果您想瞭解這個項目,我們有提供繁體中文翻譯,請致電:503-731-4128。

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Newsletter

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Spotlight’s Minority-Owned Businesses

In the 1950s and 1960s, ODOT’s construction of I-5 along with other public and private developments divided and displaced the historic Albina community, specifically Portland’s Black community. As we work to design and build this project with the community, we must work to address past harms.

One way this project can be a catalyst for change is to support wealth generation for local minority businesses including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, which include small businesses that are at least 51% owned by minorities, women, or other individuals on a case-by-case basis. In doing business differently, we are making intentional actions to do business with minority-owned businesses.

We are proud to highlight stories of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises that play key roles in supporting, designing and developing this project. Melinda Sandifer, owner of Miss’ipi Chef, who provides catering services, and Monica Leal, Principal of Global Transportation Engineering, who leads a team on the design of ramp meters, freeway lighting, and communications systems on I-5, are featured below. These are just two of many stories we hope to share in the coming months!

Project convenes new community board in response to stakeholder engagement

ODOT announced it is ending the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s current Community Advisory Committee and replacing it with a board of individuals with historic ties to Albina. The move will intentionally center voices of the Black community to shape the project.

“In response to community input, and consistent with the shared values we have with current and former partners around restorative justice, we need to elevate Black voices to advise the project’s design,” said Brendan Finn, Director of ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office. “We are putting words into actions by prioritizing the formation of a new Historic Albina Advisory Board.”

Megan Channell, Project Director said, “After focused engagement with the Black community and hearing the input, we are taking action to achieve an even greater focus on the voices of Black Portlanders as we begin to make design decisions.”

In addition to engagement with the Black community, the project recently convened an Executive Steering Committee, which is developing a set of values, with the need to address past harms at its core.

Finn said “We also have expanded our project team to include community leaders to help us build relationships with the Albina community, make sure we do it right, and make sure the board is comprised of members with deep ties to the area. We thank the Community Advisory Committee members for their service and input. Their valuable comments and feedback will live on in the work we do and will inform the work of project partners and this new Board,” Finn concluded.

See the press release here for more information on the new Board.

Look for new public engagement opportunities soon

Sadly, COVID-19 has prevented us from getting out to see and hear from you this summer in traditional public spaces, like farmers’ markets and community events. Due to COVID-19 safety measures we’ve missed these opportunities and want to make sure to the create space to continue to connect with you and hear your thoughts.

Soon, we’ll start a new phase of engagement that will include an online open house to catch you up on the project’s progress over the last year. In addition, we’ll be sending a mailer to the project area and work with community-based organizations and faith-based communities to meet people where they are. Our goal is to bring people with diverse backgrounds and expertise together to gain greater understanding of present and future transportation and community needs

We want to foster a two-way dialogue that demonstrates how these conversations inform decision-making. To help demonstrate our accountability, we are creating an accountability matrix that documents feedback received and how we are addressing it. You’ll see the survey and other outreach feedback reflected along with comments from the project advisory committee. Look for the accountability matrix on our project website soon.

Through our outreach, we commit to reflecting the shared power of our community and local, regional, and state government to influence project decisions and outcomes. We want you to hold us accountable for those outcomes as part of ensuring the project addresses past harm in a way that enables communities to thrive.

We’ll be sharing information on the project and upcoming events throughout fall in the mail, on our website, and on social media platforms. Look for our Online Open House starting early October. The Online Open House will provide up-to-date project information for your review and a survey to share your feedback.

Community Opportunity Advisory Committee hears project update and discusses expectations for workforce program

The project Community Opportunity Advisory Committee met online on August 13, 2020. ODOT Office of Urban Mobility Director Brendan Finn expressed gratitude for the committee members’ service to the Project and stated that partnerships with and support from our Black community is core to the project’s success. Brendan said that the project cannot be successful without acknowledging ODOT’s role in the past harm to the African American community.

The committee also heard from Megan Channell, Project Director, who reviewed the committee’s role in holding the construction contractor accountable once they begin working alongside the project team and committees, and explained that the project’s current design is at 15%, meaning concepts are far from final.

At this meeting, the committee also approved their charter, which includes a name change to the Community Oversight and Advisory Committee to reflect their role as an oversight committee for the project’s workforce program.

The committee brings their expertise in diversity in contracting to provide feedback and recommendations on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/On-the-Job Training program for the construction phase of the project. Click below for information about the committee’s past and future meetings. View a video of the meeting and download materials at the project website.

Learn more about upcoming COAC meetings

Work has begun on Independent Cover Assessment

The project includes highway covers – concrete or steel platforms that span over the highway – that bridge both sides of the I-5 corridor. The covers will help reconnect the Albina community, create new community space, and provide an opportunity to make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly.

In response to public feedback and following direction from the Oregon Transportation Commission in April, ODOT has contracted a third party led by ZGF Architects and including local and national experts, to complete an independent assessment of the highway cover design. They will consider:

  • What opportunities the current highway cover design concepts, as described in the Environmental Assessment, offer for community development
  • The community vision for the highway covers, how highway design concepts might be modified, and what it would take for the covers to deliver outcomes consistent with that community vision
  • How various cover options can promote economic development and wealth generation for the historic Albina community, particularly for members of the African American community displaced by past public and private projects

This work will include multiple opportunities for community engagement. The Independent Cover Assessment team will share more information soon about how they will engage the community in this process.

Rose Quarter underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

Man uses survey equipment on a street

Utility mapping in the project area.

ODOT contractor crews are out in the Project area to collect critical data to inform Project design. The following 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 June – December 2020
Soil sampling Soil sample collection in Project area July – November 2020

Learn more about work hours and traffic noise impacts

Read the full news release

July Email Update

In this issue

  • Community Advisory Committee hears a project update and learns about workforce and business opportunities
  • ODOT issues Notice of Intent to Award, takes step toward unlocking the project’s economic opportunity
  • Sliding into Summer: Engagement in Virtual Spaces
  • Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will meet online August 13

Rose Quarter underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

Community Advisory Committee hears a project update and learns about workforce and business opportunities

The Project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met online on July 23, 2020. ODOT Office of Urban Mobility Director Brendan Finn expressed gratitude for the committee members’ service to the Project and stated that partnerships with and support from our Black community is core to Project’s success. Brendan said that the Project cannot be successful without acknowledging past harm to the African American community. The committee also heard from Megan Channell, Project Director, who summarized CAC input from the last CAC meeting, including the importance of wealth generation and investing in the Black community, the need for open and public communication throughout the Project, and questions about the scope of the project. Megan previewed an example Community Accountability Matrix that will soon be available on the Project’s website to help the committee and community members hold ODOT accountable by tracking committee requests.

The CAC brings community interests and experience into the Project’s decision-making process. CAC meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period. Click below for information about the CAC’s past and future meetings. View a video of the meeting and download materials at the project website.
The next CAC Meeting will be on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 5:30 to 8:00pm.

Learn more about upcoming CAC meetings

ODOT issues Notice of Intent to Award, takes step toward unlocking the project’s economic opportunity

On July 13th, ODOT announced the notice of intent to award the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contract to Hamilton Sundt, a Joint Venture, in association with Raimore Construction to help design and build the project.

ODOT is bringing a construction team on board early in the design phase to ensure the design and construction benefits from full collaboration with the community.

With a focus on restorative justice, the project is committed to leveraging deep ties with the historic Albina community to ensure meaningful involvement from the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contracting community and using input from the community to help shape the project and outcomes for the community including generational wealth.

The CM/GC is expected to join the team this Fall.

Read the Press Release

Sliding into Summer: Engagement in Virtual Spaces

While community engagement for the Project has been ongoing since the 1990s, we know that there is still a lot of work to do. ODOT is committed to ensuring Black community members living, working, or with historical ties to the Albina neighborhood and broader N/NE Portland are engaged, participating in and actively shaping the Project.

This summer and into fall, you will see us online and actively and meaningfully engaging with people, with a focus on the Black community. We will use traditional and creative engagement techniques such as mailers and phone calls and working with community-based organizations and faith-based communities to meet communities where they are. We want to foster a two-way dialogue that demonstrates how these conversations inform decision-making.

Through our outreach, we commit to reflecting the shared power of our community and local, regional, and state government to influence project decisions and outcomes. We want you to hold us accountable for those outcomes. To do so, we are going to bring people with diverse backgrounds and expertise together to gain understanding and input and to ensure the Project addresses past harm and present and future local, regional and state transportation system needs in a way that enables communities to thrive.

We’ll be sharing information on the Project and upcoming events throughout the summer and fall in the mail, on our website, and in social media platforms. Stay tuned and please share these opportunities with your friends, colleagues, and networks – we need your help to make this a project for our community, by our community.

Learn more about Events

Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will meet online August 13

The public is invited to attend the next I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Community Opportunity Advisory Committee meeting. On Thursday, August 13, the Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will meet online from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. See the Project’s website for more information on the meeting’s agenda and how to engage.

Learn more about upcoming COAC meetings

Rose Quarter underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

ODOT contractor crews are out in the Project area to collect critical data to inform Project design. Three types of separate field work are scheduled to take place:

Activity Description Duration
Pavement exploration Pavement coring, testing and surface measurements on local streets May 4 – August 2020
Utility mapping Locate, map and record data on underground utilities in Project area June – December 2020
Soil sampling Soil sample collection in Project area July – November 2020

Learn more about work hours and traffic noise impacts

About the Project

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project adds auxiliary lanes and shoulders to reduce congestion and improve safety on the main north-south freeway on the west coast and redesigns the local multimodal street network. The project will smooth traffic flow on I-5 between I-84 and I-405 where three interstates intersect and feature the biggest traffic bottleneck in Oregon. The project will also improve community connections by redesigning overpasses and reconnecting neighborhood streets, enhancing public spaces, and promoting economic development opportunities.

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

www.i5RoseQuarter.org

Read full news release

May Email Update

Community Advisory Committee meets tomorrow

The Project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meets on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The on-line meeting is open to the public. The CAC brings community interests and values into the Project’s decision-making process. Meeting topics include a committee orientation and Project design process overview.

To attend this meeting from your computer or phone, join Zoom or watch the livestream on YouTube. Click below for more details about the CAC and how to submit public comment.

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.

View CAC meeting info

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April E-Newsletter

In this issue:

  • COVID-19
  • OTC to ODOT: Continue work on I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project
  • Project next steps
  • ODOT seeking Project contractor
  • Executive Steering Committee update
  • Rose Quarter underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

COVID-19

In response to Governor Kate Brown’s directive to “Stay Home, Save Lives,” all ODOT-related meetings will be held on a virtual platform and will remain open to the public. ODOT is committed to maintaining accessibility and transparency for all public meetings. Look to the Project website for public involvement opportunities and event information. Visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page for more information.

Community Opportunity Advisory Committee (COAC) to meet on April 21

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise & On the Job Training (DBE/OJT) Community Opportunity Advisory Committee (COAC) will meet on April 21, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, and will be hosted using Zoom, an online meeting platform. The meeting will be open for the public to listen. To make sure your computer is properly setup before the meeting, you can use the Zoom test site.

If you wish to attend the meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, please contact the Project team at 503-470-3127 at least 24 hours before the meeting time.

Visit the events page for more details or use the link below to join us on the 21st.

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Join us for the online Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meet and Greet on March 25

Thank you for your patience as we worked to reformat and reschedule the first CAC meet and greet due to community health concerns around Coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on feedback from our CAC members, the online event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will be hosted using Zoom, an online meeting platform. The online meet and greet will allow CAC members to get to know one another and build relationships, while ensuring a safe environment. The event will provide an opportunity for CAC members to meet each other and reflect on the project area history. No project presentations or decisions will occur at this meeting. The meeting will be open for the public to listen as we continue to uphold an unwavering commitment to transparency, accessibility and accountability. Details of the first formal CAC meeting following this online meet and greet are forthcoming. To make sure your computer is properly setup before the meeting, you can use the Zoom test site.

Visit the events page for more details or use the link below to join us on the 25th.

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project advances based on OTC direction

Over the last two months, we have taken several steps to implement the Oregon Transportation Commission’s (OTC) direction on the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. To date we’ve:

  • Established a project Executive Steering Committee and sent invitations to members. OTC Vice Chair Alando Simpson will chair the Executive Steering Committee and Dr. Steven Holt, owner of Try Excellence LLC, will serve as the lead consultant for and facilitate this committee.
  • Established a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). (See more on the committee below.)
  • Started the selection process for a third-party firm to evaluate highway cover design options.

The OTC also approved submitting a Cost to Complete Report to the Legislature.

Read more