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In 2001, the cities of Portland and Vancouver joined forces in a bi-state Task Force to address congestion issues in the I-5 corridor between I-405 in Portland and I-205 north of Vancouver. The result of this initiative was a long-range strategic plan for how to manage and improve transportation in the corridor. You can find more information about the Strategic Plan at www.I-5partnership.com.

One of the I-5 Partnership Strategic Plan’s recommendations is to widen I-5 from Delta Park to Lombard Street to reduce the congestion that occurs at this chokepoint on the freeway. The Delta Park Project is the first component of the I-5 Partnership Strategic Plan to be implemented.

Preferred alternative selected
Revised Alternative 2: Argyle on the Hill  has been identified as the locally preferred construction alternative for the Delta Park project.
The preferred alternative was identified through an Environmental Assessment (EA) that considered four construction alternatives and a No-Build alternative. The Argyle on the Hill construction alternative has received the support of the Bi-State Coordination Committee, the Portland City Council, the Joint Policy Committee on Transportation, and the Metro Council.
A final design will be developed for the local street improvements that are outlined in the Revised Argyle on the Hill alternative following Phase 1 of the project, once funding is secured.

How alternative was selected
Over the last four years, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has worked with the community to develop options for improvements on I-5 between Delta Park and Lombard. A No Build alternative and four Build alternatives were developed, studied, and evaluated in an Environmental Assessment. In June 2005, the project’s Advisory Committees recommended two of the alternatives, Alt. 2 – Argyle on the Hill and Alt. 4 – Columbia Connector, as their preferred alternatives.
Based on public comments, staff recommendations, and discussions with affected regional and local governments, a hearings panel composed of elected officials and senior agency managers selected Revised Alternative 2 as the preferred alternative. The Revised Environmental Assessment (REA) now available on the website describes the preferred alternative, mitigation and conservation measures, additions and changes to the Environmental Assessment, public involvement and ODOT’s response to public and agency comments. It includes the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The REA and FONSI will be printed and distributed by the end of 2006.
The Revised Environmental Assessment (REA) is divided up into several documents (note: some of these files are large)
The REA can be viewed in one PDF here (note: this is a large file at 4.6 MB).

If these files are too large to download, there are other options to view the Environmental Assessment.
  • Copies will be available at two different neighborhood public library branches:  St. Johns (7510 N. Charleston Ave.) and N. Portland (512 N. Killingsworth)
  • A copy will be available at North Portland Neighborhood Services (2209 N. Schofield, in the Historic Kenton Firehouse)
  • A copy will be available at ODOT Region 1 Headquarters at 123 NW Flanders, Portland

Hearings panel
The I-5 Delta Park Hearings Panel has made recommendations for a Preferred Alternative for the I-5 Delta Park Project. The Hearings Panel selected Alternative 2 - Argyle on the Hill  as the Preferred Alternative.
The Hearings Panel made recommendations in the following areas:
  • Preferred Alternative Recommendation
  • Recommended Changes to the Preferred Alternative
  • Recommendations for Final Design and Construction Phases
  • Mitigation Measures and Community Enhancements Recommendations
  • High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Recommendations 
  • Phasing and Financing Recommendations
 The recommendations are based on:
  • Findings of the Environmental Assessment
  • Public comments on the Environmental Assessment
  • Recommendations from the project’s Citizen Advisory Committee and Environmental Justice Work Group
  • Recommendations from local, regional, and state staff
  • Input from ODOT’s local, state, and federal environmental regulators
The Hearings Panel was composed of:
  • Charlie Sciscione, ODOT Deputy Region 1 Manager
  • Cathy Nelson, ODOT Technical Services Manager/Chief Engineer
  • Sam Adams, City of Portland Commissioner
  • Sue Keil, Director of the Portland Office of Transportation
  • Rex Burkholder, Metro Councilor 
  • Royce Pollard, Mayor City of Vancouver
Read the Recommendations of the I-5 Delta Park Hearing Panel for the Locally Preferred Alternative  for details on the recommendations.

Delta Park committees
Three advisory committees were involved in the development of the Delta Park project:
The Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the Environmental Justice Work Group were established in January 2003 at the beginning of the I-5 Delta Park project planning process. They completed their work in June 2004 by making recommendations to the Oregon Department of Transportation on the preferred alternatives for the project. Their recommendations are included in the Environmental Assessment for the project.
The Community Enhancement Advisory Board was established in in the fall of 2005. The board members completed their work in the fall of 2006 after recommending the comuunity enhancement projects to be constructed as a part of the I-5 Delta Park project. 
The Citizens Advisory Committee
The charge to the Citizen Advisory Committee and its membership follows:
“The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is composed of neighborhood, business, and other community representatives. A separate Environmental Justice Work Group has worked in close coordination with the CAC on Environmental Justice Issues.
The CAC collaborates with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other stakeholders to successfully design and construct the Delta Park Project. The CAC makes recommendations on the following project elements:

  • Public outreach tools and methods
  • Problem statement, purpose and need
  • Goals and objectives
  • Design alternatives
  • Evaluation criteria and measures for selecting design alternatives to be evaluated in an Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental, social, and economic elements to be evaluated in an Environmental Assessment
  • Mitigation Measures
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Preferred alternative"
Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC):
Don Arambula Kenton Neighborhood Association
Chris Bailey Expo Center
John Benson Piedmont Neighborhood Association
Toni Carr Hayden Island Neighborhood Association
Troy Clark Friends of Smith and Bybee Lakes
Joe Davis UPS
Ellen Eaton  Columbia Way Neighborhood Association
Meredith Gilbert Families of Historic Columbian Cemetery
Larry Mills Kenton Neighborhood Association
Tracy Whalen ESCO
John Wish Independent Dispatch
The Environmental Justice Work Group
The charge to the Environmental Justice Work Group and its members follows:
"The Environmental Justice Work Group (EJWG) is a bi-state committee composed of representatives of low income and minority communities in the I-5 Partnership transportation corridors in Oregon and Washington. Establishing The Environmental Justice Work group was a recommendation contained in the I-5 Transportation and Trade Partnership Task Force Strategic Plan.
The Environmental Justice Work Group collaborates with ODOT and other stakeholders in the development of transportation projects in the I-5 Partnership transportation corridors. Specifically, the EJWG is asked to provide input and recommendations on projects from an environmental justice perspective. In providing input and recommendations the EJWG should concentrate on helping the transportation decision-makers ensure that projects:
  • Include full and fair participation by all potentially affected low income and minority communities in the transportation decision-making process
  • Avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.
  • Do not deny, reduce, or significantly delay benefits to minority and low-income populations.
To carry out its charge for this project, the EJWG will provide input and recommendations on the same project elements as the Citizens Advisory Group."
Environmental Justice Work Group (EJWG) 
Jonath Calon Montesi & Associates
Alex Dorsey At Large, Portland
Keith Edwards IBEW
Kris Long At Large, Vancouver
Jeri Sundvall
Environmental Justice Action Group
Lawrence Russell Environmental Justice Action Group
Connie Sherrard Vancouver Housing Authority
Michelle Tworoger At Large, Portland
Tzer Vue At Large, Portland
The Community Enhancement Advisory Board
The Community Enhancement Advisory Board is responsible for evaluating and recommending community enhancement projects for funding. Board members are listed below and represent:
  • North Portland neighborhoods  
  • Columbia Slough Watershed Council
  • I-5 Environmental Justice Work Group (EJWG)
  • Bi-State Coordinating Committee
The Community Enhancement Advisory Board

Jonath Calon Montesi EJWG Member
Lawrence Russell EJWG Member
Jeri Sundvall EJWG Member
Michelle Tworoger EJWG Member
Tzer Vue EJWG Member
Keith Edwards EJWG Member
Kris Long EJWG Member
Connie Sherrard EJWG Member
Maria Solano Former EJWG Member
DeBorah Williams Housing Authority of Portland – Evening Trades Apprenticeship Program
Chris Duffy Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association
Nancy Clark Humboldt Neighborhood Association
Matt Svymbersky Kenton Neighborhood Association
Doretta Schrock Kenton Neighborhood Association
John Benson Piedmont Neighborhood Association
Everette Rice Office of Multicultural Health
Rex Burkholder Metro Councilor
Warren Jimenez Commissioner Adam's Office
Corky Collier Columbia Slough Watershed Council