• Safer and Better Connections

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), in partnership with the City of Portland, is working to improve safety and reliability on I-5 and surrounding local streets.

  • #1 crash location

    With high traffic volumes, closely spaced interchanges, and no shoulders, I-5 at the Rose Quarter has the highest crash rate in the state of Oregon. Learn what the Oregon Department of Transportation is doing to change that

  • Learn about the planned improvements

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is continuing to study and design improvements to I-5 between I-84 and I-405 in Portland.



As many know, traveling on I-5 and surrounding local streets near the Broadway-Weidler interchange can be challenging. Whether it’s dense traffic, unsafe maneuvers or awkward connections, this area poses difficulty for travelers. That is why the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Portland are working to improve safety and operations along I-5 and the nearby local streets and provide better connections through the Rose Quarter area.

The section of I-5 between I-84 and I-405 is a heavily traveled corridor and experiences the highest crash rate in the state of Oregon. Located between multiple closely spaced interchanges, this segment of I-5 also experiences some of the highest traffic volumes in the state, resulting in up to 12 hours of congestion each day. Additionally, adjacent local streets are often clogged as vehicles line up to enter I-5, impacting travel for those on bikes, transit, and on foot.

The local streets connecting to the I-5 Broadway-Weidler interchange also are a major crossroads for bicycles and pedestrians. Yet, people walking and biking experience challenging connections, with infrequent crossings of I-5 and high traffic volumes.

ODOT and the City of Portland are working together to address these issues. Learn about the planned highway and local street improvements here:

Opportunity to Comment on Purpose and Need and Range of Alternatives

Your input on the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project purpose and need and range of alternatives is needed to help shape the project’s design and federally-required environmental study.

The project’s purpose and need was identified as part of ODOT’s I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan and the City of Portland’s N/NE Quadrant Plan based on public and stakeholder input and was approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission and Portland City Council in 2012. Click here to see the draft purpose and need.

There are two alternatives proposed for evaluation in the Environmental Assessment – a Build Alternative and No Build Alternative. See Improvements for a description of the Build Alternative. The No Build Alternative reflects the existing transportation system and assumes the proposed improvements will not be built.

There are several ways to submit your comments:

  • Attend the Public Open House: Tuesday, September 12th, 5pm – 7pm, Matt Dishman Community Center, Portland Auditorium (77 NE Knott Street | Portland, OR 97212)
  • Send an email to info@I5RoseQuarter.org
  • Submit an online comment form
  • Write a letter to I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, c/o Megan Channell, 123 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209

All comments must be received by Friday, October 6th, 5pm.