I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Historic Albina Advisory Board Members Selected

January 4, 2021

Contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971.233.6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

Today, ODOT’s Urban Mobility Office announced the 13 members of the new Historic Albina Advisory Board. The Board will advise the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and its Executive Steering Committee about project design and how the project can support future development opportunities within the historic Albina neighborhood. This volunteer Board will include Black Portlanders with strong connections to historic Albina.

“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 benefits from the investments of this project,” said Megan Channell, Project Director.

The Board includes appointed members and at-large members selected through a public application process. The ten appointed members were identified by ODOT’s strategic engagement team led by Ericka Warren of Try Excellence, LLC., a third-generation Portlander, who will also serve as the Board’s facilitator. The members at-large were chosen and interviewed by the strategic engagement team through a collaborative process with ODOT and Metro as a project partner. “It was our goal to identify individuals with deep personal ties to Albina, whose professional and volunteer experience serve the community and who are willing to work collaboratively to bring positive change,” said Warren. “In line with doing business differently, ODOT empowered a team of strategic advisors deeply connected and invested in this community to lead this charge, which is a positive first step.”

ODOT brought Try Excellence, LLC to the table to help in strategy development as it pertains to community relations, particularly related to building connections and facilitating conversations between 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,” said Dr. Steven Holt, Founder and President of Try Excellence, LLC and facilitator of the project’s Executive Steering Committee.

The Board was set up to advance the project’s values and provide meaningful opportunities for those with deep ties to Albina who have been impacted by past harm to influence the project design. “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,” Ericka Warren said.

When asked what success looks like for the Historic Albina Advisory Board, Warren said, “To me, success means thoughtful and authentic conversations between the Board and ODOT that lead to realizing growth and positive change in Albina.” She added, “Honest conversations and community-led outcomes will help to reduce the trust deficit between the Black community and ODOT after years of living in and with a systemically racist transportation system.”

The Historic Albina Advisory Board is scheduled to meet January 12, 2021. The list of members can be found here. Meeting materials and the agenda for the first meeting will be posted this week at https://www.i5rosequarter.org/events/.

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project receives final environmental decision from the Federal Highway Administration

November 6, 2020

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

PORTLAND, OR – Today, 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 Build Alternative.

In coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, and in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Oregon Department of Transportation published the Revised Environmental Assessment and the Finding of No Significant Impact for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The Revised Environmental Assessment includes copies of all comments received during the 45-day comment period on the 2019 Environmental Assessment and a summary of ODOT’s and FHWA’s comment responses. In direct response to several public comments, including comments from the City of Portland, the project team took action to modify the design concept to avoid impacts to the Eastbank Esplanade. The southbound segment of Interstate 5 south of I-84 has been modified such that it no longer encroaches over the Eastbank Esplanade. With this change, the project will no longer require construction in the Willamette River.

Also in direct response to partner agency and stakeholder feedback on the Environmental Assessment, in January 2020, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to conduct an environmental peer review of the project’s Environmental Assessment analysis on air quality, noise and greenhouse emissions. The peer review panel included air and noise quality experts from around the country who reviewed ODOT’s methodologies and findings to determine if they were conducted correctly. The Peer Review Report agreed with ODOT’s original findings for air quality, noise, and greenhouse gas emissions impacts for the project and did not suggest that ODOT conduct additional environmental studies. This Peer Review helped support the publication of the Revised Environmental Assessment .

The Project Director, Megan Channell acknowledged while this is a milestone for the project there is still more work to do. “While this closes the chapter on the Environmental Assessment, now the real works begin,” she stated. “We are excited to work with the community and our project partners to design and build a project that provides the most community benefit. Moving forward we are centering the project’s process to elevate the voices of the Black community.”

The next chapter includes convening three advisory bodies, the Executive Steering Committee, the Historic Albina Advisory Board, and the Community Oversight Advisory Committee. The Executive Steering Committee convened in May 2020 and is made up of elected and local leadership. The Historic Albina Advisory Board is still being formed but will be made up of community members with ties to historic Albina. Both groups will help shape the look and feel of the highway covers and local streets for the final project, and will meet on a regular basis moving forward. The Community Oversight Advisory Board convened in March 2019 and provides an oversight for the project’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and workforce program.

“The Project is only at 15% design,” said Channell, “and these three committees along with extensive and intentional outreach to community members will guide ODOT and inform the project moving forward.” In addition to the outreach, ODOT announced hiring a Construction Manager/General Contractor team that will unlock opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises which includes minority- and women-owned businesses.

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To read the Report which includes Appendices, please visit: https://www.i5rosequarter.org/library/

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Executive Steering Committee Meeting September 28

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

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

On Monday, September 28, the Executive Steering Committee will meet online from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The committee will hear a project update, seek adoption of its values and charter and learn about the Independent Highway Cover Assessment.

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 and 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

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project convenes new community board in response to stakeholder input

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

PORTLAND — ODOT announced today 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.

The Historic Albina Advisory Board will advise the Executive Steering Committee on project design elements, including the highway covers. It will have up to 17 people, with 11 appointed by ODOT and partners and six at-large. The board will conduct its work in partnership with the Executive Steering Committee and the Oregon Transportation Commission.

Applications for the at-large positions will be online in late September. Members of the Community Advisory Committee will have the opportunity to submit an indication of interest for the new committee. The new board is expected to have its first meeting before the end of this year. Channell said: “We want to do this right and take the time we need to develop long-term relationships with the people on this Board and the Black community.”

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.

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.

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

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Community Advisory Committee will meet online July 23

July 16, 2020

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

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

On Thursday, July 23, the Community Advisory Committee will meet online from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The committee will hear ODOT’s response to last meeting’s listening session and learn about the Project’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Workforce Program.

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 and 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, TTY 800-735- 2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project selects construction team

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

July 13, 2020

PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Transportation announced a Notice of Intent to Award the Construction Management / General Contractor contract to Hamilton Sundt A Joint Venture, in association with Raimore, for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The Notice of Intent to Award to Hamilton Sundt a Joint Venture is a step to add another important partner to help design and build a project that is founded on community input and values.

This marks a significant moment for ODOT and an action towards doing business differently. For the first time in the Portland metro region, ODOT is bringing the construction manager on board early in the design phase and developing contractor specifications directly from community input.

ODOT is changing the way it does business by setting goals to achieve values-based outcomes on how the project will contract with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and engage with the community. In its Request for Proposals, ODOT also included a provision that the proposers meet a goal range of 18-22% use of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Workforce goals include a 20% goal for apprenticeships, 25% minority male and 14% female workers.

The project’s values include a focus on restorative justice for communities harmed by previous government actions and using community input to shape the Project and the outcomes for the community.  Having the Construction Management / General Contractor on board early in the design process is a key step toward those commitments.

The Construction Management / General Contractor method was chosen to:

  • Improve Community Partnership: The contractor is able to work with the community to develop the Project’s design together.
  • Increase Economic Opportunities: The contractor is the key to unlocking the project’s economic opportunities through contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, building business capacity and jobs for minority workers.
  • Optimize innovation: The Construction Management / General Contractor procurement method encourages the contractor to provide input and innovation in the design process, including identifying cost and schedule risks that can be addressed and reduced during design as a result of the contractor’s experience.

The project’s Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will help keep ODOT and the contractor accountable to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals, mentor/protégé programs, workforce and apprenticeship programs and other ways in which to build the workforce pipeline that will not only bring short-term jobs, but also generate wealth in the local community.

About the project:

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project adds auxiliary lanes and shoulders to reduce congestion and improve safety on I-5, the main north-south freeway on the west coast. It also redesigns the multimodal local 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 improve community connections by redesigning overpasses and reconnecting neighborhood streets, enhancing public spaces, and promoting economic development opportunities.

Learn more at www.i5rosequarter.org

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Meet the Proposers event scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:  

Michelle Godfrey, 503-986-3903, michelle.d.godfrey@odot.state.or.us

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

July 6, 2020

The public is invited to participate in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Meet the Proposers Event on Wednesday, July 8th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. This event is part of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

Hiring the CM/GC is a key step to establishing a path that allows for investment in the historic Albina district and is intentional to fit the needs of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. We acknowledge that historic transportation investments caused harm to the African American Albina community. We are committed to doing business differently; the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to create the Urban Mobility Office to build a transformative project that addresses climate, congestion and safety while it works to bring economic opportunities for our African American community members.

The CM/GC will join the Project team early in design to use a variety of innovative tools for increased community engagement and inclusion of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms, including maximizing the opportunity to help build the capacity of minority-owned businesses for current and future projects. The addition of the CM/GC is critical to advancing the Project’s DBE program and economic and workforce opportunities.

At the Meet the Proposers Event, selected CM/GC proposers will provide an informational briefing and respond to moderated questions from the community. The meeting is open to the public. The community questions and feedback provided at the event will inform an interview question that the proposers will answer at ODOT’s mandatory interview the following day.

Contractor presentations will focus on several Project themes, including how the CM/GC proposers anticipate to:

  • Optimize local DBE contracting and workforce development
  • Optimize the use of Mini CM/GC opportunities
  • Optimize the use of COBID-certified DBEs, increase apprenticeship opportunities and ensure the utilization of a diverse workforce during construction of the Project
  • Approach the management of diversity outreach, support, and technical assistance of DBE contractors and workforce training during construction of the Project

Visit www.i5rosequarter.org/get-involved/events for information on how to join these meetings and for meeting agenda.

The public is welcome to attend and submit questions related to the proposers’ presentations during the meeting. The public may submit questions during the proposers’ presentations and up to 5 minutes after the close of the last presentation through the following options:

  • Submit questions during the meeting by joining the meeting via Zoom and using the “Q&A” feature.
  • Email questions during the meeting to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with “Meet the Proposers Question” in the subject line.

If you wish to attend the meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the Project team at 503-470-3127.

All public meetings are online in response to Governor Brown’s directive on social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project committees will meet online June 18, June 22, and June 23

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

June 16, 2020

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Project’s Community Opportunity Advisory Committee, Executive Steering Committee and Community Advisory Committee meetings.

On Thursday, June 18 the project’s Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will meet online, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The committee will discuss the charter and the upcoming Meet the Proposers community event.

On Monday, June 22 the project’s Executive Steering Committee will meet online, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on the community context for the project’s values, and members will hear findings from a round of discussion groups held in 2019 and 2020. The committee will discuss and approve their charter and finalize project values.

On Tuesday, June 23, the project’s Community Advisory Committee will meet online from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The team will host a listening session for committee members to discuss restorative justice and reflect on project values.

Visit i5rosequarter.org/get-involved/events for information on how to join these meetings.

Anyone can observe the meetings 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.
  • Facilitators will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meetings.

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

These are virtual meetings in response to Governor Brown’s directive on social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. 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.

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Team Receives Environmental Peer Review Report

Peer Review Panel Finds Environmental Assessment Appropriately Addresses Issues of Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas, and Noise and Provides Additional Recommendations for Design and Construction Phases

June 2, 2020

For more information, contact Don Hamilton, 503-704-7452 Don.Hamilton@odot.state.or.us

PORTLAND — A peer review of the Environmental Assessment of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement project is now public. In January 2020, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to conduct an environmental peer review associated with the project’s Environmental Assessment after hearing stakeholder concern over the potential impacts from the project related to air quality, noise and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Peer Review Report supported ODOT’s findings for air, greenhouse gas, and noise impacts for the project. It also provided recommendations to incorporate into the project’s future design and construction phases, such as the requirement of low-emission construction equipment including electric vehicles.

The Environmental Peer Review Panel also reached out to Partner Agencies involved with the Rose Quarter Project.

“It appears that some trust has been lost between the public and ODOT, and perhaps between the other Partner Agencies and ODOT,” the report said. “The Panel found ODOT to be very cooperative, intelligent, and prompt with their responses. ODOT expressed interest in the Panel’s suggestions on improving relations with the community and Partner Agencies.”

The report also suggested that this is an opportunity for ODOT, partner agencies, and local community partners to repair relations and produce a project in which everyone can take pride. One panel member called it a “WE” opportunity.

“While we are confident of the technical work that went into the Environmental Assessment, we were open to it being reviewed by subject matter experts and look forward to addressing their recommendations as we move forward,” said Project Director Megan Channell.

There is room for improvement. The reviewers pointed out that the way the information was written in the Environmental Assessment could have been better presented for a non-technical audience.

The review process occurred between April and May 2020. Staff from the City of Portland, Metro and Portland Public Schools participated in the process and were able to ask the panelist questions.

To read the Report which includes panelist bios, please visit: https://www.i5rosequarter.org/news-library/

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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project committees will meet in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 15, 2020

For more information contact April deLeon-Galloway, 971.269.7258

Portland — The newly formed Executive Steering Committee (ESC) for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project will hold its first meeting on Friday, May 22, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s directive on social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. It will be live streamed at the following link: ESC Meeting Livestream.

Key items on the agenda include:

  • Project values and letter of agreement discussion; and
  • Committee Charter and governance structure.

For a list of committee members, click here.

The public is welcome to share comments through the following options:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items directly to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with “ESC Public Comment” in the subject line.
  • Submit comments by phone in advance of the meeting at the Project hotline: 503-470-3127 and indicate “ESC Public Comment” in your message.
  • Provide comments during the meeting by joining the meeting by phone or the virtual meeting link listed on the Events calendar on the Project website.

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