What is a highway cover and what are its benefits?

A highway cover is a concrete or steel platform that spans over a highway – much like a wide bridge. As part of the project, there is the opportunity to replace existing bridges with wider covers over I-5 to reconnect the Albina community, create land to provide more community space, and make the area more pedestrian and bike friendly. We need the community’s help to determine the cover’s shape and use. Community members shared their visions for the highway covers during several engagement opportunities that occurred through summer 2021. You can also find more information on the independent highway cover assessment website.

Through an Independent Assessment of the highway covers, the community explored options such as food carts, public art, buildings, public space or other uses that may provide opportunities for economic development and wealth creation within the Albina community. The highway covers will be built to meet current seismic standards to provide critical transportation access for community members and first responders in the event of a major earthquake.