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I-205 Improvements: Stafford Road to OR 213

Design Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Oregon City, West Linn, Clackamas)

The I-205 Improvements Project, improves our economy by connecting Oregonians to what matters most. Safer, more reliable travel to access work and critical services, even after an earthquake or other major disaster. The project addresses congestion and traveler safety issues on a seven-mile stretch of I-205 between Stafford Road and OR 213, adding a third lane in each direction and upgrading the Abernethy Bridge and the eight other I-205 bridges in the project area to withstand a major earthquake.
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Traffic Impact

Additional information will become available before construction begins.


​Our team is designing the project now, and construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.



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:
  • The two-lane section of I-205 between the Abernethy Bridge and the Stafford Road interchange creates a bottleneck that causes congestion and crashes, creating delays for travelers and freight. 
  • Closely spaced on-ramps on I-205 northbound on the Abernethy Bridge contribute to safety and travel-time predictability issues

  • The Abernethy Bridge and eight bridge sites in the project area are seismically vulnerable in the event of a major earthquake.


I-205 | Stafford Rd to OR 213

Cost and Funding

This 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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Additional Information

​​Find other projects on I-205​ in the Portland area.

Contacts & Media

Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
April DeLeon-Galloway

Last Updated

10/15/2021 1:34 PM

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