FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Vancouver, Washington -- Metros Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) approved a list of projects for public comment that would be funded with a $600 million Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) bond program. The Oregon Legislature authorized the bond program through an additional 5-cent gasoline tax.
The Delta Park project on Interstate 5 (I-5) south of the Columbia River has long been recognized as a bottleneck to freight and commuters. The proposed $13 million dollar project would widen a small segment of I-5 south of Delta Park to Lombard Street to partially relieve a long-standing traffic congestion spot on I-5 southbound.
I-5 is the primary economic lifeline for freight, business and commuters on the West Coast. The segment of I-5 from Vancouver to Portland provides access to deep-water shipping, up river barging, and two transcontinental rail lines. I-5 is currently the most congested segment of the regional freeway system in the Portland/Vancouver area. Without attention, the future level of traffic congestion on this transportation corridor will threaten the livability and economic vitality of the Portland/Vancouver region.
Metro and ODOT are holding a series of meetings to get public comment on which projects to fund through the $600 million bond program. Opportunity to provide comment is available at any of the following meetings:
- October 20, 1999, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Conestoga Intermediate School
12250 SW Conestoga Drive, Beaverton
- October 21, 1999, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham
- October 26, 1999, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
Metro Regional Center
600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland
- October 28, 1999, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
12566 93rd Avenue, Clackamas
For general inquiries
ODOT Supplemental STIP Comments
123 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209
Regional Transportation Council
1351 Officers Row, Vancouver WA 98661