Now that the OTC has provided direction on the project’s environmental review process, what happens next?

In April 2020, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT staff to continue working with federal, regional and local partners to complete the Environmental Assessment process for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, as a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Environmental Assessment, an in-depth analysis of the project’s benefits and impacts, was published in Spring 2019. Community engagement and technical information will continue to inform the project’s design. Next, ODOT, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, will publish the final NEPA decision document. The final decision document will allow us to move into the design phase, and answer and address the community’s questions regarding the project’s design.

The project team will conduct further design refinement of the proposed highway covers and other elements in 2020, in collaboration with our partners. Public input on the project can be offered and discussed in public committee meetings, discussion groups, surveys, open houses and briefings for community organizations, among other activities.