More than 100,000 vehicles use this section of I-205 each day and drivers experience 6 3/4 hours of congestion daily. This project will help relieve congestion by adding a third lane in each direction on a seven-mile stretch of I-205 between Stafford Road and OR 213.
The Abernethy Bridge, which crosses the Willamette River between West Linn and Oregon City, and the eight other I-205 bridge sites along this stretch of highway are vulnerable to severe damage or collapse in the event of a major earthquake. ODOT has designated I-205 as a statewide north-south lifeline route, which means it must be operational quickly if an earthquake renders other roadways unusable or impassable. It will be a critical route in getting supplies and services to the region.
The I-205 Improvements Project is part of a Comprehensive Congestion Management and Mobility Plan
to comprehensively reduce congestion and crashes, while also making travel times shorter and more predictable. A safer, less congested corridor will provide folks access to work, health and play, and support a healthy Oregon economy.
Some of the current issues include:
Stafford Rd to OR 213
Cost and FundingThis large project is fully funded for design. Construction of the RealTime Signs is fully funded and will begin in fall 2019 and includes the installation of five traveler information signs throughout the corridor. ODOT is exploring funding options for construction of the remaining portions of the project and adjusting timelines accordingly. We expect this project to cost about $500 million.
- Reduced congestion and travel times. The additional lane will make travel faster and more predictable, reducing daily congestion by 4.75 hours.
- Increased safety. Improved interchanges, safer on and off-ramps and traveler information signs will reduce crashes.
- Earthquake-ready bridges. Adding a third lane on I-205 and seismically strengthening the Abernethy Bridge and eight other bridges will reinforce the I-205 lifeline that keeps the freeway passable and ensure supplies and critical services can reach the metro area in an emergency.
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