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I-5 Southbound Off-Ramp at North Broadway Project
Latest Project Update (October 2016):
This safety and operational improvement project is complete. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support during construction. This project is one step in  part of a larger plan (the ​N/NE  Quadrant Plan) to improve safety and operations in this area, both on and off the freeway. More information on the N/NE Quadrant Plan can be found by visiting: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/415852.
Please note: the traffic pattern has changed for traffic exiting southbound I-5 (at Exit 302A) on the ramp to North Broadway. The previous right turn lane - referred to as a "slip lane" that connects to North Broadway has been removed and traffic now travels in a new, safer lane realignment that connects to Broadway with a new traffic signal. 

Be safe. Slow down. Be attentive. Obey signs and new traffic patterns in the newly completed project area.

Project Background and Overview

The Interstate 5 southbound off-ramp at the Rose Quarter/City Center exit (Exit 302 A) connects to North Broadway, a street heavily used by various transportation modes including cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, buses and streetcar. As part of the N/NE  Quadrant planning process, ODOT and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) began working together in 2010 to identify solutions to address safety and operations issues in the Rose Quarter area. The N/NE Quadrant Facility Plan was adopted by Portland City Council and the Oregon Transportation Commission in 2012.

ODOT and PBOT collaborated, studied the focus area near the I-5 southbound off-ramp at the Rose Quarter/City Center Exit (Exit 302 A) and agreed on a set of near-term solutions for safety and operational improvements for all users.

Click on the link below for a Project Fact Sheet (pdf format):

Completed Project Elements

  • Realigned the right turn lane - referred to as a “slip lane” - located at the I-5 southbound off-ramp (Exit 302 A) at N. Broadway (an element of the N/NE Quadrant Plan).
  • Installed a new Pedestrian Signal at the existing crosswalk at the streetcar platform on N. Broadway between N. Ross Ave and N. Wheeler Ave.
  • Replaced the traffic signal at the intersection of N. Broadway, I-5 off-ramp and N. Vancouver Avenue with a new, standard signal.
  • Extended the curb on the southeast corner of the intersection of N. Broadway and N. Wheeler Ave.
  • Reconnected the sidewalk due to the ramp realignment on the north side of N. Broadway from the I-5 off-ramp to N. Flint Ave.
  • Installe ADA accessible curb ramps at the intersection of N. Broadway and N. Vancouver Avenue and at other locations within the project area.

Click on the link below to view a PDF version of the Project Map:

Project Map




Project Benefits

  • Relocating the right lane at the I-5 southbound off-ramp to the existing signalized intersection reduces a potential collision point from N. Broadway. 
  • Right turns will be signalized to reduce collisions between turning vehicles from the I-5 southbound off-ramp and pedestrians and  bicyclists on N. Broadway.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Past Events

ODOT and PBOT hosted a project open house on November 19, 2014 and on January 7, 2016. Below are the materials presented at the open house:
From Nov. 2015 Open House
Below are public comments received by ODOT and PBOT via email and from the public meeting held on November 19, 2014. Other comments include public comments received by ODOT for the STIP E23: N. Broadway Safety Crossing Enhancement Project

Project Schedule *

  • Fall 2014 - Preliminary Design Phase
  • Late 2015 - Final Design Phase
  • Spring 2016 - Construction begins
  • Fall 2016 - Construction complet

Comments and Contact Information

Please contact us if you have questions or comments:
Dee Hidalgo
Community Affairs Coordinator
Lindsay Higa
Project Leader

City of Portland
Jamie Jeffrey

Traffic Engineer




Winston Sandino

Project Manager

(503) 823-5767