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Should we address the traffic issues in the Rose Quarter area in Oregon?

Description
Widen to 3 lanes from Fremont Bridge to I-84 Interchange. Modify ramps between Broadway/Weidler and I-84 (both north and south bound) to eliminate congested "weave" section. This refinement decision is a major component of the improvements to consider when making the 3-lane freeway decision.
Transportation Performance
  • Ramp improvements reduce problem weave and merge sections, reducing conflict points and improving traffic safety.
  • The widening this area of the freeway would provide for 3 continuous lanes of traffic through the Rose Quarter.
  • Traffic flow within Rose Quarter segment of I-5 would be significantly improved (compared to a No-Build 2020 condition).
  • I-5 south of the Rose Quarter (from I-84 to Morrison Street) would not be improved, and would be over capacity due to congestion related to ramp traffic and weaving. Travel demands on the Banfield freeway (I-84) would also continue to be over capacity.
  • No significant changes in traffic volumes on the Fremont Bridge or on local arterials.
  • As developed for this conceptual analysis, I-5 improvements would impact City of Portland's desire to create high density pedestrian-oriented development adjacent to the existing freeway. This redevelopment strategy is intended to mitigate the current visual impacts of the freeway.
Displacements
As developed for this conceptual analysis, Rose Quarter freeway improvements would displace 7 business properties and 5 residences.
Cost
Construction Cost (2001 $): $250 million
For more information see:
Conceptual Designs in the Rose Quarter Area