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Work Session 3 Review

Work Session 3 Background Last year, in response to direction from Oregon’s Governor and requests from local project stakeholders, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed the Oregon Department of Transportation to retain a consultant team of local and national urban design, engineering, and environmental experts to conduct an independent assessment of the highway cover designs included in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The concerns and requests from Metro, Multnomah County, City of Portland, Portland Public Schools and Albina Vision Trust shaped the creation of the independent cover assessment process. View from NE Broadway looking west toward the Leftbank Building and…

Final Report Review

Final ReportBackground The Final Highway Cover Evaluation and Alternatives Report (CAP Report) of the Independent Cover Assessment team summarizes the assessment of the project record, community design input from a variety of community stakeholders, and the feasibility analysis of those cover concept scenarios that were developed based on community stakeholder feedback. The Independent Cover Assessment team’s charge was to conduct a thorough examination of ways that alternative highway covers could be designed to lay the groundwork for providing greater restorative justice and community benefits for the Black Albina community through the Rose Quarter Improvement Project.  The Final Report includes a…

Work Session 2 Review

Work Session 2 Background Last year, in response to direction from Oregon’s Governor and requests from local project stakeholders, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed the Oregon Department of Transportation to retain a consultant team of local and national urban design, engineering, and environmental experts to conduct an independent assessment of the highway cover designs included in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The concerns and requests from Metro, Multnomah County, City of Portland, Portland Public Schools and Albina Vision Trust shaped the creation of the independent cover assessment process. View from Vancouver Avenue looking south towards the Moda Center with…

Work Session 1 Review

Work Session 1 Background In Work Session 1, the Independent Cover Assessment team sought to understand the Black Historic Albina community’s vision about how highway covers could be used to support neighborhood revitalization and provide restorative justice for this area of the Central City. The Work Session 1 Online Open House and Workshops helped the ICA team identify the uses, spaces and character that are most important to Black Historic Albina community members and broader community stakeholders to provide in this area. Setting the table for the restoration of a neighborhood on and around the highway covers can provide restorative…

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Photo by ODOT Resources & Documents Final Report, Executive Summary See All Final Report, Executive Summary (Task 2.5) Final Report, Executive Summary Appendices See All A. Conceptual Design Report (Task 2.2.4) B. Conceptual Design Assumptions Summary (Task 2.2.3) C. Project Documents Assessment (Task 2.1.1) D. Development Assessment Framework Memorandum (Task 2.1.2) E. Development Assessment Framework Testing Results Memorandum (Task 2.1.3) F. Conceptual Development Scenarios Memorandum (Task 2.2.1) G. Development Assessment Framework Evaluation (Task 2.2.2) H. Environmental Assessment Pathways (Task 2.2.2) I. Cost and Constructability (Task 2.3) J. Draft Surface Street and Circulation (Task 2.3.1) K. Project Governance and Finance (Task…

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Photo by Jeana Woolley Frequently Asked Questions About The Independent Cover Assessment What was the scope of the Independent Cover Assessment? The scope of the Independent Cover Assessment was to answer the following questions: How can this project serve community aspirations for the highway covers and areas immediately adjacent to the highway covers, within the area of potential impact as defined in the Environmental Assessment? What modifications to the current design and configuration of the highway covers would be needed to reflect a broader community vision for development of the project area? Are there other architectural and engineering considerations to…

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Photo by Tiffany Camhi/OPB Overview In early 2020, the Oregon Transportation Commission directed the Oregon Department of Transportation to retain a consultant team to conduct an independent assessment of the highway covers included in the Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The goal for this independent team was to understand the goals and objectives of stakeholders in the project area, generate potential highway cover scenarios, and assess the impacts and benefits of these scenarios. The I-5 Rose Quarter Independent Cover Assessment team included experts in community engagement, urban design, engineering, and environmental issues. The Team worked directly with Black community members from…

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