The CAC’s purpose is to bring community interests and values into the project’s decision-making process regarding design aspects of the project that most directly affect the local community. Operationally, CAC members will review project information and provide interest and value-based advice and feedback to the project team, who will utilize these CAC outcomes to substantively inform their recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and ODOT.
The CAC advises the project team on topics including but not limited to:
- Highway cover design(s) that are responsive to community needs, and aesthetic desires.
- Design of pedestrian and bicycle connections to improve movements for people within and through the project area.
- Construction considerations, including construction phasing options.
- Objectives, implementation, and monitoring of the Public Involvement Plan (PIP), equity in project decisions, and design criteria for discussions to ensure meaningful and equitable community engagement during the project’s pre-construction process.
The project team has heard from the community about the importance of continued public engagement. The CAC is one way the project will intentionally seek community input. ODOT will demonstrate and communicate how the CAC’s input meaningfully informed project decisions.
As the project progresses, the purpose of the CAC may be updated to reflect new project processes or requirements.