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N/NE Quadrant Project Update

I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange Project

Over the past two months, the project team has been working with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) and other stakeholders to refine and narrow elements of the freeway improvement project under consideration. At their February meeting, the SAC defined the base project to achieve safety objectives on the mainline freeway as follows:

  • Extend auxiliary lanes and widen shoulders in both directions (within existing right-of-way).
  • Rebuild the overcrossing structures at Broadway, Weidler and Williams with a lid that could be used for open space and/or improved multi-modal transportation facilities, and potentially, redevelopment opportunities.
  • Move the I-5 southbound on-ramp fromWheeler/Winning Way to Weidler.
  • Reverse traffic flow with a center bike/pedestrian lane on Williams between Broadway and Weidler.

At their March meeting, the SAC voted to eliminate the southbound braided ramps from the project; eliminate the eastside multi-use path from the project, but directed staff to look at other on-street bicycle routes to serve the same purpose; and go forward with the Clackamas pedestrian and bicycle overcrossing. At the April 12 meeting (packet), the SAC will discuss several options being considered for the area North of Broadway involving alternative alignments for Flint and Vancouver and a possible new east-west overcrossing at Hancock/Dixon. A decision on the North of Broadway recommendation is expected at the May 10 SAC meeting.

N/NE Quadrant Plan

The project team has begun assembling elements of the draft Quadrant Plan based on direction set by the SAC in the Project Goals and the Proposed Quadrant Concept. In March, a draft plan outline was presented at the SAC meeting and a Land Use Subcommittee was held to obtain feedback on potential changes to height regulations. At the April 12 meeting (packet) the project team will report on the preliminary directions for building height regulations and will introduce draft policies.

Meeting packets for all prior SAC and Subcommittee meetings are available on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee page.