To improve operational conditions and enhance safety on I-5 accordingly (see Purpose and Need), ODOT and the community Stakeholder Advisory Team (SAT) considered a range of remedies for current and anticipated future traffic needs in the study area. Community members also participated in this process through open houses, neighborhood meetings and presentations to area boards and commissions.
In October 2011, the Project Development Team (PDT) recommended a build alternative (and a number of design options) to be analyzed in detail. Also in October 2011, the SAT confirmed the PDT’s recommendation on the build alternative. ODOT returned to the PDT in June and October 2013 for final recommendations on the design of the build alternative. The PDT recommended dismissal of design options for the build alternative that had higher relative environmental impacts, costs, and/or less favorable traffic characteristics.
ODOT will be coming back to the SAT in fall, 2013 for confirmation of final recommendations on the design of the build alternative. Once the build alternative design has been finalized, ODOT will complete the Technical Reports on the potential impacts of the build alternative and publish the results in the Environmental Assessment.
The Environmental Assessment will summarize analysis of the potential impacts of the build alternative on the natural and human environment. The Environmental Assessment will be available for public review and comment in early 2014. In addition, ODOT will hold a series of open houses, neighborhood meetings, and presentations in Spring and Summer 2014 to solicit public input on the build alternative. During this review process, ODOT will examine ways that potential impacts of the build alternative may be avoided or minimized.