I5 Traffic Mess in North and NE Portland is the Subject of Upcoming Open House

I-5 south going past Rose Quarter, an unusually calm picture of the normally bottlenecked area!

Do you ever drive South on I5 past the Portland Rose Quarter? If so you probably already know what I’m going to talk about. That area has been a clogged mess for awhile.  It use to only happen at certain times of the day but now it seems that most of the time the area where the highway becomes two lanes and people are trying to merge to I84 is always a mess. So what’s the deal?  Why in the city center is the highway only two lanes?  Doesn’t seem like that is something that can sustain itself for very long.

Well good news.  An open house for draft plans is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Lloyd Center Mall, N.E. Ninth Avenue and Multnomah Street, near Nordstrom’s, will include proposed improvement to the Broadway/ Weidler freeway exchange, directions for land use, street design, new parks and safety improvements.

The N/NE Quadrant Project Open House is a chance for the public to weigh in on the proposals, planners said. Call 503-823-6042 for more info.  So if you live in Portland and you drive that part of the freeway, go to this meeting.  Let your voice be heard and maybe I will see you there!

by Betsy Ballantyne

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