The 2011 Legislature passed SB 264 during their regular session. In addition to a primary focus on ODOT requirements for permitting access to state highways. The legislation required ODOT to review state highways that have been designated as Expressways by the Oregon Transportation Commission. The intent of this review was to ensure that the Expressway classification are still appropriate where they are applied to various highways around the state.
During the fall of 2012, ODOT Regional staff led a process to review each of the State Highway Expressway segments including consulting the affected local jurisdictions. The process resulted in a list of recommended actions for consideration by the Oregon Transportation Commission. The recommendations included maintaining the designation as is, full or partial removal of expressway designations on a number of segments and the addition of a few expressway designations on segments that already function as Expressways. The recommendations were provided for public review and subsequently to OTC (see OTC packet materials below). To aid in viewing the recommended changes, we have also provided a link to a GIS tool (available only to ODOT network users at this time) that you can use to view maps showing the changes.
The Oregon Transportation Commission held a first public hearing on the Expressway review and update at their March 20th, 2013 meeting in Salem, Oregon.