Oregon Transportation Commission Advances I-5 Rose Quarter Hybrid 3 Highway Cover Option

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 9, 2021

For more information, contact: Tia Williams, Tia.WILLIAMS@odot.state.or.us, (971) 378-4295

Oregon Transportation Commission Advances I-5 Rose Quarter Hybrid 3 Highway Cover Option

Provides conditions, urges Congressional action on funding

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) today advanced the highway cover option for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project known as the Hybrid 3 option, with conditions. The decision today by the OTC advances the project that was part of House Bill 2017, passed in 2017, a major transportation funding bill. The legislation directed ODOT to build the Rose Quarter Project and provided approximately $500 million to $700 million of funding for the project.

The Commission’s advancing of this design option is subject to conditions, the most immediate of which is the OTC directive that, on or before December 1, 2021, ODOT submit a project Funding Plan discussing how the revised project might be funded. In January 2020, the OTC received a Cost to Complete Report for the project from ODOT. The Report found that the original 2017 cost estimate for the project of approximately $500 million was incorrect and that the correct cost estimate as of January 2020 was roughly in the range of $700 million to $800 million. Hybrid 3 would increase that cost estimate to between $1.2 billion and $1.25 billion – an increase of approximately $500 million over the 2020 cost estimate and roughly $750 million over the funding approved by the Legislature in 2017.

“We are trying to do a number of things at once with this project,” said OTC Chair Robert Van Brocklin. “Reduce Rose Quarter congestion; increase safety and mobility; involve minority business enterprises in constructing the project; and support community interest in covering a larger section of the freeway to increase redevelopment opportunities for Albina. Advancing this visionary project design will require substantial additional funding.”

Among other things, the Hybrid 3 option would involve building a larger cover over I-5 at the Rose Quarter than originally planned, and one capable of supporting buildings. Hybrid 3 would also change the location of various freeway entrance and exit ramps, reconnect the street grid above the highway, make new multimodal infrastructure investments, and add one northbound and one southbound 1.7-mile auxiliary lane from the I-5/I-84 interchange to the Fremont Bridge. These auxiliary lanes are similar to lanes that were constructed on I-205 in 2019. In both cases, they were designed to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.

Today’s decision by the OTC comes after more than a year of work by the Executive Steering Committee, established by the OTC and chaired by OTC Vice Chair Alando Simpson, as well as community discussions convened through the Historic Albina Advisory Board (HAAB) and other organizations. It also comes at the urging of Governor Kate Brown who, after intensive discussions with local leaders, encouraged approval of the Hybrid 3 option.

“We are grateful to the Governor and community members for their recommendation on the highway cover options and overall project design,” said Vice Chair Simpson. “It is our duty to ensure that this project stays on schedule and offers the best return on investment of public dollars. Our focus must continue to be on putting a finance plan together to deliver the project, and that will require additional funding from other governmental partners.”

The Commission directed ODOT to include specific information in the Funding Plan, including: (1) an estimate of the amount of dedicated funding needed to build the project; (2) a discussion of whether a viable plan to secure that dedicated funding from federal, state and/or the City of Portland, Metro, Multnomah County, TriMet and other organizations in Portland is reasonably likely to be authorized and appropriated by July 1, 2023, (3) a one-year extension in that deadline until July 1, 2024 if the funding is likely but is temporarily delayed; (4) a preliminary construction schedule for the Project; and (5) a discussion of when congestion pricing on I-5 will be operational and produce revenue.

“The Rose Quarter Improvement Project is a top transportation priority for the State of Oregon as the bottleneck in the Rose Quarter project area impacts the economies of communities across the state,” said Commissioner Sharon Smith. “The legislature has directed the OTC to fix this problem, providing additional gas tax funds. We have heard from the community and our regional partners that a more robust design is needed to knit the Albina neighborhood back together. We acknowledge the historic adverse impacts. Although the cost of the project is daunting, and we will work with the community, our agency partners, the legislature, and the Governor to craft a solution and funding plan.”

“The Rose Quarter Project provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reconnect Historic Albina and invest in good paying jobs for a community that has faced so much injustice,” said Historic Albina Advisory Board member John Washington, who is also the Executive Director of the Soul District Business Association. “We must continue to fight to secure funding for this project and ensure that the community’s voice influences the many decisions that lie ahead.” HAAB has endorsed the Hybrid 3 option.

“The Commission knows that House Bill 2017 requires ODOT to make a large investment in the Rose Quarter Project,” said Commissioner Julie Brown. “Doing so will benefit our economy throughout the state by making it easier to move goods, services, and people into and through the Portland metro area. But to build Hybrid 3 we will need special help from Congress,” she continued. “We are very unlikely to have the money to build the larger project cover without a major federal financial contribution.”

About the Project

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is committed to supporting a safer, just and inclusive Albina community and greater Portland region. The project will make local, regional, national and international travel more predictable and reduce frequent crashes on the I-5 corridor. The Project will also support Oregon’s economy and create new community connections and opportunities.

Learn more about the project and sign up for email updates at: www.i5RoseQuarter.org.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Executive Steering Committee Meeting

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Executive Steering Committee Meeting

August 30, 2021

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

The public is invited to attend a meeting of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Executive Steering Committee, where the Historic Albina Advisory Board and Community Oversight Advisory Committee are invited to attend.

On Tuesday, August 31 the advisory committees will be meeting online from 4:00 to 5:00 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. There will be no public comment period during the meeting:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with “ESC public comment” in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.

Comments received by 3:00 p.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 records.

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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Historic Albina Advisory Board Advances I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project ‘Hybrid 3’ Highway Cover Option

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Tia Williams, Tia.WILLIAMS@odot.state.or.us, (971) 378-4295

 

Portland, Ore. – Today at a special meeting, the Historic Albina Advisory Board—a group of community leaders convened by the Oregon Department of Transportation to help guide I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project urban design and neighborhood decisions—advanced the Hybrid 3 highway cover option.

“We have consensus moving forward, as a recommendation from the Historic Albina Advisory Board, to recommend Hybrid 3 be presented to the Oregon Transportation Commission,” facilitator Ericka Warren noted in the meeting.

Board members weighed in with additional recommendation details, including requests that the community will have influence over what is developed on and adjacent to the highway covers, and that the future development creates wealth throughout the historic Albina community.

“These caps represent an opportunity to reconnect the historic Albina community and ensure we are taking real steps toward restorative justice,” said ODOT Project Director Megan Channell. “Though much work remains and key questions still need to be answered, I am glad to see the community come together around a recommendation that can be moved forward to the Oregon Transportation Commission.”

The Hybrid 3 highway cover option was presented as the “win-win” option by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who convened a series of meetings with stakeholders to find a consensus plan for the path forward and then presented to the board members. The highway caps in the proposed Hybrid 3 option would be able to hold two to three story buildings. The project would also include a reconnected street grid above the highway, as well as new multi-modal infrastructure. On the highway, new auxiliary lanes and reconfigured traffic flow will help improve safety in the corridor and reduce congestion.

Estimates for the entire highway project with the highway caps that could hold two to three story structures are estimated to cost between $1.18 and $1.25 billion.

The Historic Albina Advisory Boards recommendation will be referred to the Oregon Transportation Commission for consideration at their next meeting, Thursday, Sept. 9.

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.

Learn more about the project and sign up for email updates at: www.i5RoseQuarter.org.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Joint Committee and Community Oversight Advisory Committee Meetings

August 10, 2021

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

The public is invited to attend two upcoming advisory committee meetings for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

First is a Joint Committee Meeting that will take place on Tuesday, August 17 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Community Oversight Advisory Committee members have been invited to attend this joint meeting of the Historic Albina Advisory Board and Executive Steering Committee. The Historic Albina Advisory Board will be considering a recommendation regarding the highway covers at this meeting.

The Community Oversight Advisory Committee will also be meeting online on Thursday, August 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 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 the committee name 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 for up to one minute via phone (the number is provided at the beginning of the meeting and listed on the events page).

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before each meeting will be shared with committee members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting records.

These are virtual meetings 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 meetings 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 Community Oversight Advisory Committee Meeting

July 8, 2021

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

The public is invited to attend a meeting for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Community Oversight Advisory Committee.

On Thursday, July 15 the Community Oversight Advisory Committee will be meeting online from 4:00 – 6:00 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 the committee name 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 for up to one minute via phone (the number is provided at the beginning of the meeting and listed on the events page).

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 June Executive Steering Committee Meeting

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

The public is invited to attend meetings for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Executive Steering Committee.

On Monday, June 28, the Executive Steering Committee will meet online from 3:00 –  5:30 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be a presentation on the Independent Highway Cover Assessment. 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 the committee name 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 via phone (the number is provided at the beginning of the meeting and listed on the events page).

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 Independent Cover Assessment Online Open House #3 Just Launched!

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

 

This is the moment to make your voice heard!

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in one of the most impactful design elements of the project.

The third and final online open house for the Independent Cover Assessment launched today. Participants will review final cover concept scenarios and rank them in relation to the community’s values and feasibility. Feedback from this open house will help develop the final recommendations for the design cover concepts.

Join us there and don’t delay − the online open house will close on Monday, June 14, 2021!

We’re asking members of the community to help define options for what the future highway covers can look like and how they can function to reconnect the Lower Albina area. Your input will inform the development of the highway covers in pursuit of restorative justice and a diverse, inclusive, and accessible neighborhood. Learn more about the independent cover assessment here.

 

 

Events 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’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 Historic Albina Advisory Board Meeting on April 6, 2021

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

Project’s Historic Albina Advisory Board Meeting on April 6, 2021

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Historic Albina Advisory Board meeting.

On Tuesday, April 6, the Historic Albina Advisory Board will meet online from 4:00 – 6:30 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 the committee name 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 board 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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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.

 

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