How is ODOT engaging with communities of color?

We recognize the role that ODOT played in the generational wealth and opportunity that was taken from the historic Albina community, specifically Portland’s Black community, by construction of I-5. I-5 and other public agency and private developments including the Moda Center, Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, the Convention Center, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and other urban renewal efforts all contributed to the historic harm.

To address this, ODOT is committed to elevating the voices of the historically harmed Albina community. We will work to understand the needs of and provide benefit to this community. We will identify, encourage, and facilitate opportunities for agency and community partnerships. Together with agency and community partners, the project can support future development in the Albina community and support wealth generation through creating opportunities for partnerships related to land banking, workforce and business development, and other means.