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I-205 Multi-Use Path

Public Open House Oct. 9, 2012
Please join us and learn more about the I-205 Shared Use Path: Division Undercrossing Project at an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. More information.
ODOT Releases "A New Forest Grows" Video
ODOT recently produced this video highlighting our project with Friends of Trees and Metro to add thousands of trees and shrubs to the path. The video showcases what the project is all about - green transportation, the environment and equity.
ODOT crews re-striped the path Friday, June 17. The path now has fresh striping from Marine Drive to Gladstone.

Stretching through five cities and fifteen neighborhoods, the I-205 Multi-Use Path runs 16.5 miles and parallels the I-205 freeway from NE Marine Drive in Portland to SE 82nd Drive in Gladstone.  The I-205 corridor, which now includes TriMet's MAX Green Line, transports thousands of Oregonians each day, north and south, via rail, car, bike and foot.  The I-205 Multi-Use Path is used extensively by bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users.  With projects underway to enhance the path, including the addition of trees, shrubs and lighting, ODOT's goal is to transform the I-205 Multi-Use Path into a more user-friendly, world class facility.
To view a map of the I-205 Multi-Use Path, click here.

Greening the I-205 Multi-Use Path
Photo courtesy of ODOT Film & Video
Volunteers take part in a tree planting in Lents on Feb. 20
Project Overview

In the summer of 2009, Friends of Trees worked with ODOT to secure a $410,000 Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant to green the I-205 Multi-Use Path with thousands of native trees and shrubs over a three-year period.  This project will improve the experience for users of the I-205 Multi-Use Path and demonstrate the value of planting native trees and shrubs along key transportation corridors.  When complete, this project will be touted as a statewide model for considering the greening of ODOT right of way.
Project partner Verde will create minority jobs in the nursery industry and expand environmental education to underserved communities of color.  In addition, 16 Urban Renewal Area-funded jobs have been created for Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center trainees through a partnership between Portland Development Commission and WorkSystems, Inc.  Portland OIC is a non-profit organization that serves youth who are affected by poverty, family instability or homelessness with support necessary to engage in school and training.
This project sets the stage for how government, non-profit organizations and communities can creatively work together to do great things.  Project benefits include:
  • An enhanced experience for path users
  • Community beautification
  • Improved neighborhood livability
  • Reduced air pollution
  • Increased wildlife habitat
  • Decreased storm water runoff into streams and rivers
  • Increased environmental equity among communities

/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/i205_mup/faces.jpg    To learn more about the people involved in the I-205 Multi-Use Path greening project, click here.

/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/I205_MUP/odot_logo.jpg   /ODOT/HWY/REGION1/I205_MUP/odot_logo.jpg  /ODOT/HWY/REGION1/i205_mup/metro.jpg  For more information on ODOT's partnership with Friends of Trees and Metro to green the I-205 Multi-Use Path, click here.

Get Involved - Upcoming Plantings
ODOT and Friends of Trees invite you to join in community plantings along the I-205 Multi-Use Path.  For more information about the plantings, please contact Andy Meeks with Friends of Trees at (503) 282-8846 x.24 or andym@friendsoftrees.org.
Plantings scheduled for the 2010-2011 season include: 
Saturday, Nov. 6 Saturday, Dec. 4
Saturday, Jan. 8 Saturday, Feb. 12
Saturday, March 19 Saturday, April 2
Saturday, Dec. 18 Monday, Jan. 17
    Saturday, April 9
    Sunday, Jan. 23     Saturday, April 23
Previous plantings:
Saturday, Jan. 9 - Herron Hill (NE Marine Drive & 112th)
Saturday, Jan. 23 - North Holman Hill (NE Holman & 106th)
Saturday, Feb. 20 - Lents Lane (SE Pardee & 94th)
Saturday, March 6 - Flavel Flats (SE Flavel & 92nd)
Saturday, March 20 - South Pioneer (SE Hawthorne & 95th)
Saturday, April 3 - Lents (SE Boise & 92nd)

I-205 Multi-Use Path Lighting
ODOT recently worked with TriMet to secure nearly $4 million in federal stimulus funds to install overhead lighting on the I-205 Multi-Use Path from Lents to Gladstone (the only portion of the path that lacks lighting).  In November 2009, ODOT and TriMet celebrated the completion of the first portion of lighting (from Lents to Clackamas Town Center) with a twilight bike ride along the path, sponsored by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.  Installation of the second portion of lighting (from Clackamas Town Center to Gladstone) began in October 2010 and is expected to be complete by early March 2011.

I-205 Multi-Use Path Feasibility Study and Action Plan
ODOT recently allocated $50,000 towards a Feasibility Study and Action Plan for the I-205 Multi-Use Path.  Conducted by Alta Planning and Design, the study documents areas for path improvement, including greening, aesthetics, safety, access and more.  ODOT is currently pursuing a federal appropriations request to fund the first improvements based on the study.

Biking the I-205 Multi-Use Path
Equity Bike Ride
What does bicycling have to do with equity? Bicycling is a great way to bring folks together to see our neighborhoods and communities from a new and different perspective, reduce impacts to our environment and build community. It’s also a great means of transportation and recreation and a great way to get some exercise!  Building on last year’s Equity Ride which took place in the Montavilla neighborhood, the 2nd Annual Equity Bike Ride strives to educate, heighten awareness and bring diverse communities together to learn about the geographic, racial, economic and environmental equity efforts underway in our communities and specifically in East Portland. 
Everyone is welcome to join us for all or part of the ride.  Please invite your friends, families and colleagues to take some time to come learn about this effort and the terrific work of our partners.  Sponsors of the Equity Bike Ride who will join ODOT this year include Audubon Society of Oregon, Community Cycling Center, East Portland Action Plan, Friends of Trees, TriMet, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.  Please join us at the Equity Bike Ride on Thursday, August 25th at 6pm. The ride will be about 6.5 miles and begin at the southeast corner of Lents Park at SE 92nd and Steele. Come learn about our shared passion for:
  • Reaching out and serving Equity populations - what's new and what's going on? 
  • Recognizing the bicycle as a great recreational and transportation alternative that lessens our impacts to the environment and provides a great health benefit!
  • Recognizing the bicycle as an affordable and family friendly means to move about neighborhoods and our region and to build and support communities
  • Getting to know Lents by bike!
2010 Equity Bike Ride

Contact Information
For more information on ODOT's efforts to improve the I-205 Multi-Use Path, please contact: 
Shelli Romero
ODOT Community Affairs
(503) 731-8231