Opinion: Why we should care about ODOT’s I-5 Broadway/Weidler report

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

I-5 south where it
goes under NE Broadway.
(Photo © J. Maus)

I hope you’ve read my post yesterday about a report from ODOT on how they see the “problem” and potential “solutions” to bottlenecks along I-5 near the Broadway/Weidler interchange. This area is a key hub in Portland’s bikeway network: We must get this right.

With the N/NE Quadrant planning process kicking into high gear, this I-5 bottleneck issue — which has been studied by ODOT since the early 1980s — has found new life. Without a strong community voice about how to — or if we should — move forward, some of the shockingly highway-centric concepts in that report could gain traction.

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ODOT eyes major changes to I-5 near Broadway/Weidler interchange

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

Detail from one of four concepts to widen I-5 near the Broadway/Weidler interchange taken from the I-­5: I-­84 to I-­405 Design Workshop Concept Report prepared for ODOT. For context, the buildings in the upper left are the parking garages for the Rose Garden Arena. Yellow lines are newly widened freeways, orange lines show changes to local streets, purple outlines show buildings that might be displaced and x’s show streets that would be removed.

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