Category Archives: Transportation Commission

Rose Quarter freeway decision should wait until March, transportation commission chair says

The fate of the Rose Quarter project, one of Oregon’s most expensive and debated transportation proposals since the failed effort to replace the Interstate Bridge, will likely have to wait a few more months. The chairman of Oregon’s Transportation Commission said Friday he wants to delay until March 20 a vote on whether to conduct […]
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The Oregon Transportation Commission Will Make Key Decision on Rose Quarter By March 20

The highway department is scrambling to contain criticism of its increasingly expensive I-5 expansion. Oregon Transportation Commission Chairman Bob Van Brocklin today informed lawmakers and key stakeholders in a proposed expansion of Interstate 5 at the Rose Quarter that the OTC will make a key decision on the project no later than March 20. Source: […]
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Oregon House Speaker Says Tolls May Be Needed On All Of Portland’s Freeways

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, expressing concerns about the skyrocketing cost of the Interstate 5 widening project in Portland, said Friday that the state needs to move more aggressively to implement tolls on the region’s entire freeway network. Source: Oregon House Speaker Says Tolls May Be Needed On All Of Portland’s Freeways . News | […]
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I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project faces questions

The chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission recommends more discussions and possibly higher costs for the controversial project. The future of the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter improvement project is up in the air. The project proposed by the Oregon Department of Transportation is intended to reduce congestion, increase safety and improve livability along the one-mile […]
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State Officials Explain Why the Price Tag for I-5’s Expansion Through the Rose Quarter Spiked

Critics want further environmental study before ODOT does anything. On Dec. 20, WW reported the Oregon Department of Transportation’s planned expansion of Interstate 5 through the Rose Quarter would cost significantly more than expected: $715 million to $795 million, rather than the $450 million price tag lawmakers approved in 2017.   Source: State Officials Explain […]
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Oregon Transportation Commission Denies Hiding I-5 Costs

What did they know, and when did they know it? Source: Oregon Transportation Commission Denies Hiding I-5 Costs

Editorial: US 97 compromise good but not perfect

The Deschutes County Commission and Oregon Department of Transportation have come to an agreement about improvements to U.S. Highway 97 through Terrebonne, about 23 miles north of Bend. The changes will improve a major intersection and make travel safer for both drivers and pedestrians, though the final result won’t be as good as the plan […]
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‘OPB Politics Now’: The Fight Over Freeway Expansion

This week on “OPB Politics Now,” OPB political reporters Lauren Dake, Jeff Mapes and Dirk VanderHart discuss the growing political fight to expand the Portland Rose Quarter area where there is chronic freeway congestion. Source: ‘OPB Politics Now’: The Fight Over Freeway Expansion . News | OPB

New directors, new divisions: ODOT’s dramatically different new org structure

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s new assistant director is a former Marine who has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO. And the Highway Division is dead. Source: New directors, new divisions: ODOT’s dramatically different new org structure –

Oregon Transportation Commission Delays Big Decision On I-5 Rose Quarter Widening

The Oregon Transportation Commission has agreed to temporarily delay a final environmental decision on a controversial plan to widen Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter after Gov. Kate Brown and other elected leaders demanded more study of potential impacts. Source: Oregon Transportation Commission Delays Big Decision On I-5 Rose Quarter Widening