• A Better Connected Community

    The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project creates new connections across I-5 and more space for people walking and biking, so everyone can travel more safely and conveniently through the Rose Quarter area.

  • A Safer, More Reliable I-5

    With high traffic volumes, closely spaced interchanges, and no shoulders, I-5 at the Rose Quarter has the highest crash rate in Oregon. With this project, we can reduce frequent crashes, improving safety and reliability for travelers.

  • Learn About the Planned Improvements

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Portland are continuing to study and design improvements to I-5 between I-84 and I-405 and local streets in the Rose Quarter area of Portland.


The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is currently in an environmental study and public engagement stage to fully understand the benefits and impacts of this project. The environmental study findings will be published in early 2019, followed by a 30-day public comment period. More design work and community involvement will continue after this stage.


The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project was created by the local community, City of Portland and ODOT. After looking at more than 70 options, this concept was recommended to move forward to address long-standing traffic and connection issues in the area. In the early 1960’s, during an era of highway building nationwide, the building of I-5, combined with other developments and urban renewal, disconnected the community and resulted in displacement – namely displacement of the African American community out of the central city. The well-connected street grid was disrupted, leaving limited options for crossing I-5 and the historically black Albina neighborhood physically separated from other neighborhoods.

We are imagining a new Rose Quarter area, where cars and freight trucks on I-5 have more space and time to merge while traveling through the area; where people walking and biking can comfortably cross a bridge over I-5 that is designed just for them; where getting from the Broadway Bridge to the Lloyd area feels less daunting for those who walk, bike and drive.

Find out how each of the improvements in this project create a better connected community, a safer and more reliable I-5 and greater economic growth.