Decades of planning have occurred to address the safety and operational needs on I-5 through the Rose Quarter. Beginning in the late 1980s ODOT developed several studies, including the I-5: Greeley-N. Banfield Study (1987) and Modified Concept (1990-96),
Beginning in the late 1980s, ODOT developed several studies to evaluate transportation design options to address congestion on I-5. These included the I-5: Greeley-N. Banfield Study (1987) and Modified Concept (1990-96), Portland/Vancouver I-5 Trade Corridor Study (1999), I-5/I-405 Freeway Loop Study (2005), and ODOT/City Practical Design Workshop (2007).
ODOT and the City of Portland reached agreement on a set of alternatives through the 2010-2012 N/NE Quadrant Plan and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan effort. During that process, together with a 30-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee, ODOT and the City evaluated over 70 design options. We narrowed the scope of design options to be consistent with, and not to preclude, the City’s land use planning goals. ODOT and the City talked with more than 2,800 individuals and held 19 Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings, 14 subcommittee meetings, four open houses, and over 85 community briefings and walking tours. In 2012, the Portland City Council and Oregon Transportation Commission adopted the plans and the recommended design concept, which is now known as the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.
The project design concept is included in region land use and transportation plans adopted by the City of Portland. Metro Council adopted the proposed project as part of the Regional Transportation Plan in 2014 and again in 2018. Portland City Council adopted the proposed project into the City’s Central City 2035 Plan and Transportation System Plan in June 2018.
During the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Environmental Assessment, public engagement opportunities included the following: interviews with Portland-based African Americans:
- work with a 14-member Community Liaisons Group to inform outreach
- project presentations at more than 100 events and community gatherings
- nine public events with over 280 attendees
- community walking and biking tours
- door-to-door outreach with more than 60 businesses
- updates via the Project website and newsletters
- a 45-day public review and comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment.