Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council

Press Release

January 10, 2002

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Vancouver, Washington -- The Portland/Vancouver I-5 Transportation and Trade Partnership is hosting two open houses to gather input from the public on the working draft recommendations regarding possible transportation improvements along the I-5 corridor between I-84 in Oregon and I-205 in Washington. All interested members of the public are invited to attend, and children are welcome.

Washington Open House   Oregon Open House
Monday, January 14, 2002
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hudson's Bay High School Commons
1206 E. Reserve Street in Vancouver
Wednesday, January 16, 2001
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall
3704 N. Interstate Avenue in Portland

The working draft recommendations for the I-5 corridor up for review at the meetings include: 

  • A phased light rail loop in Clark County
  • More I-5 capacity across the Columbia River
  • Interchange improvements and more

The working draft recommendations were discussed and moved forward for public review at the I-5 Transportation and Trade Partnership Task Force meeting on December 11, 2001.

The Portland/Vancouver I-5 Transportation and Trade Partnership is a bi-state planning project managed by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation. Designed to respond to concerns about growing congestion in I-5 between Portland and Vancouver, the project brings together citizens and leaders from both states to develop a strategic plan for the corridor. The 28-member Task Force, convened by Governors Gary Locke and John Kitzhaber, is made up of business, elected and community representatives. 

The Task Force will meet on January 29 to review the feedback generated by the public meetings and vote to adopt the draft recommendations. A final recommendation on specific projects is anticipated in June.

For more information, please visit the study's web site at


For general inquiries

Shawn Uhlman
Oregon DOT
503.731.8265 voice

Theresa Weil, Communications Manager
WSDOT Southwest Region
360.905.2058 voice

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