In 2012, ODOT and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Bureau of Transportation developed the I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan in conjunction with the City’s N/NE Quadrant Plan. The plans were developed through a robust community engagement process and in collaboration with community members. The N/NE Quadrant Plan sets goals and actions for better land use and development opportunities in north and northeast Portland. The Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan does the same for transportation in the area, with a focus on facilitating the envisioned land use.
PLANS APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL
The community spent two years exploring many options for improving transportation on I-5 and local streets around the Broadway-Weidler interchange. With committee, agency and stakeholder support, the recommended concept for the I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan was put before and approved by City Council and the Oregon Transportation Commission.
RECENTLY COMPLETED IMPROVEMENTS
As an initial step, teams began improvements to the I-5 Rose Quarter/City Center southbound exit to reduce collisions in the area. These included a new pedestrian signal, realignment of a turn lane, replacement of a traffic signal and installation of American Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible curb ramps.
In 2016, additional analysis was completed to explore the feasibility of the project improvements. The analysis concluded that the components were technically feasible and that environmental review should begin to assess potential impacts, which brings us to where we are today.
I-5 ROSE QUARTER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
After much planning and working with the community, ODOT and the City of Portland have arrived at a project that will maximize improvements to this area while minimizing costs and impacts to the surrounding community. That is where the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project picks up.