Despite staff assertions that this project has absolutely, positively nothing to do with the 5-mile long CRC project, in reality it is one of the biggest hurdles for pushing I-5 expansion upstream. As Evan Manvel writes on Blue Oregon:
For all the number of times the mega-project’s staff and consultants call the CRC a “long-term, comprehensive solution,” it’s anything but. The southbound traffic congestion barely changes – in fact, the congestion is projected to be worse in North Portland post-project than if we did nothing. The project’s Independent Review Panel – people hand-picked by the CRC-backing Governors – found: “Questions about the reasonableness of investment in the CRC bridge because unresolved issues remain to the south [near 405 and the Rose Quarter] threaten the viability of the project.”
The Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability along with PBOT and ODOT are deep in the process for deciding the outcome of the freeway expansion project: new larger interchanges, demolishing bridges that are in good structural shape, adding travel and merge lanes, extending on and off ramps.. which they want to marry with a vision for a high density, multi-use, multi-modal Rose Quarter.
Here is their most recent announcement on upcoming meetings:
N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans
Please note: NEW LOCATION FOR SAC MEETING THURSDAY!
The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting tomorrow, has been moved:
Thurs, February 16, 2012, 5:45 – 8:45
NEW LOCATION: ODOT, Region 1 Headquarters, 123 NW Flanders, Conference Rooms A & B
At the meeting, staff will seek Stakeholder Advisory Committee approval of the proposed concept for the overall N/NE Quadrant Plan and for the base freeway improvement project. These concept plans will then be used as a basis for developing more detailed proposals and additional analysis in the next phase of work.
Additional Upcoming Meetings
Stay involved by attending upcoming N/NE Quadrant Project meetings (see calendar for additional details as they become available). Approximately one week prior to the meeting, the agenda and other materials will be posted here.
- Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #14 – Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Calaroga Terrace, 1400 NE 2nd.
- Land Use Subcommittee Meeting (TENTATIVE) – Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 5 to 7 p.m., location to be determined.
About the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans
The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project) is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation. It is part of Phase II of Central City 2035, the City of Portland’s effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan, providing detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. Working jointly with the Oregon Department of Transportation, this project will also explore options for I-5 freeway and local transportation improvements near the Broadway/Weidler Interchange.
The N/NE Quadrant Project Team