I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project: Highway Covers

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Project Newsletter | August 22, 2018

Highway Covers: What Are They?


The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project will complete some necessary safety improvements on I-5, which requires removing and rebuilding the bridges crossing over the highway. In the planning process the project team worked with the community on how these bridges could be rebuilt to help better connect the area. Highway covers provide a unique opportunity to make this happen. 

But what are highway covers? These covers provide new public space by spanning over I-5 and concealing more of the highway. Roads, sidewalks and bike lanes go on top of the covers along with extra space for features such as landscaped areas for recreation, including a skate park or a playground; public art installations and displays that reflect the area's history and culture, picnic tables or plazas for outdoor entertainment; or other options based on community input. They'll also provide opportunities to better connect local streets and create a more cohesive neighborhood.   

These new highway covers are still being designed and we are looking for more input from the community before ultimately deciding what will go on them.

What would you like to see on the highway covers? Find out more about highway covers and tell us what you would like to see on them.

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Each month, we'll be sharing up-to-date information on the project with you through this newsletter. Each newsletter will highlight a different element of the project, such as highway improvements, facilities for those who walk and bike, opportunities for covers over the highway and more. We'll also keep you in the loop about upcoming events and other ways to get involved in the project.

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project was created by the local community, City of Portland and ODOT working together to plan for changes coming in the future of inner north and northeast Portland. By building new separated bike lanes and wider sidewalks, improving the highway and creating new roadway connections, the project will create a better connected community, a more reliable I-5 and support economic growth.

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More than 300 people have told us what improvements they'd like to see in the Rose Quarter area. Join them by taking our short survey!


Current ODOT Construction

You may have seen or heard about current construction happening on I-5 and I-84. This construction is separate from the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, but will also help to improve travel and safety in and around the Portland area. You can find more information about summer construction closures and impacts for these projects by visiting BigFixPDX.com.

Project Timeline

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The project is currently in an environmental study and public engagement stage to fully understand the benefits and impacts of this project. The project team will publish the environmental study findings in late fall 2018, followed by a 30-day public review and comment period. More design work and community involvement will continue after this stage.

What would improve your travel experience through the Rose Quarter area?

Let us know!

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