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. Through an Independent Assessment of the highway covers, community input and involvement, options such as food carts, public art, buildings, public space or other uses will be explored that 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.