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The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Urban Mobility Strategy is a cohesive approach to reduce congestion, improve safety and modernize the region’s aging transportation system. Combined with ODOT's partnerships and investments in transit and active transportation, these projects will address transportation problems facing the Portland region for generations to come.

The Challenges

Congestion, safety, and aging infrastructure
The Portland area is in a jam. 
  • Portland ranks No. 12 in the United States for the worst traffic. 
  • Hours of traffic are delaying individuals, businesses, and communities. 
  • High crash rates caused by bottlenecks and outdated interchanges put the economy and Oregonians safety at risk. 
  • Aging bridges and roads will fail in an earthquake. 
  • Decreasing fuels tax revenue, as cars become more fuel efficient, use less gas and emit less pollution, reduces transportation budgets.
Transportation emissions are Oregon’s largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. We are on track to reduce carbon emissions from transportation by 60% from 1990 levels by 2050. 

The Solution

The Urban Mobility Strategy
To address safety, equity and climate change challenges, the Urban Mobility Strategy was developed to reduce congestion and modernize our aging infrastructure system.

The Urban Mobility Strategy’s once-in-a-generation projects – OR 217 Auxiliary Lanes, Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project, I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement, I-5 Boone Bridge Replacement Project – along with ODOT’s partnerships and investments in transit, bike and pedestrian paths, will help to reduce traffic jams.

 As the region continues to grow, these project investments, along with tolling, will address transportation problems facing the Portland region for generations to come. 


I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project

I-5 Boone Bridge Replacement Project

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project

OR-217 Auxiliary Lanes Project

Westside Multimodal Improvements Study

Contact Us

Anna Howe
Communications Manager
Deputy Director
Strategic Initiatives Director
Project Director, Rose Quarter