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Former ODOT committee members blast agency for silencing opposition

I-5 through the Rose Quarter. 14 former members of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) advisory committee have signed onto a letter that says they’re “deeply suspicious” of the agency and that they were shut out of the process because they “didn’t play ball” on the I-5 Rose Quarter project. As we reported on September 2nd, ODOT abruptly shut down their own Community Advisory Community (CAC) for the embattled project and decided to create a new committee in its place. ODOT claimed they...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Board, Andrew Campbell, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, HAAB, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Harriet Tubman Middle School, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Albina Vision Trust


Former committee members issue scathing letter about ODOT’s work on I-5 Rose Quarter project

I-5 through the Rose Quarter. 14 former members of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) advisory committee have signed onto a letter that says they’re “deeply suspicious” of the agency and that they were shut out of the process because they “didn’t play ball” on the I-5 Rose Quarter project. As we reported on September 2nd, ODOT abruptly shut down their own, hand-picked Community Advisory Community (CAC) for the embattled project and decided to create a new committee in its place. ODOT...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Board, Andrew Campbell, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, HAAB, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Harriet Tubman Middle School, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Albina Vision Trust


Former PBOT assistant director nominated for seat on Oregon Transportation Commission

Maurice Henderson at a PBOT event in 2016. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Maurice Henderson has been nominated for a seat on the Oregon Transportation Commission, the powerful, five-member body that oversees the Oregon Department of Transportation. Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the appointment on Monday. Henderson served as assistant director at the Portland Bureau of Transportation for 19 months between April 2015 and October of 2016. He then spent a similar amount of time as...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Bird, Henderson, Douglas County, Kate Brown, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, TriMet, Oregon Transportation Commission, Deschutes County, Oregon Senate, Willamette Week, Ted Wheeler


Albina Vision pulls support for I-5 Rose Quarter project

No more lifeline for Mayor Wheeler and Metro President Lynn Peterson. (Illustration by Cloe Ashton, May 2019) Huge news from the Portland Mercury and Willamette Week: The nonprofit Albina Vision Trust has decided it will no longer support the Oregon Department of Transportation’s I-5 Rose Quarter project and they will no longer participate in an advisory role. In a tweet posted today, reporter Blair Stevnick wrote, “Albina Vision Trust is withdrawing from all planning on ODOT’s Rose Quarter 1-5...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Metro, Adams, Kate Brown, Peterson, Megan, Oregon Public Broadcasting, ODOT, KATU, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Willamette Week


The outdated and dangerous 85th percentile rule is dead in Oregon

On May 1st, traffic engineers in the state of Oregon will no longer rely on an outdated and dangerous method for setting speed limits. Thanks to new rules adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission last month, the process for for designating speeds has changed dramatically and now goes way beyond the traditional 85 percentile method. The 85th percentile rule has dominated U.S. traffic engineering since it was championed in the 1960s. It says limits should set at the speed which 85% of driv...
Tags: Oregon, America, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, State, Brouwer, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Transportation Commission, Speed Limits, Jonathan Maus, Travis Brouwer, Portland's War On Speeding


Concerns aside, Metro Council gives ODOT $129 million for I-5 Rose Quarter project

I-5 from the Flint Avenue Bridge.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Despite a majority of Metro Council expressing concerns about the future of a nearly $800 million project that will expand the I-5 freeway through the Rose Quarter, only two out of seven members voted against giving the Oregon Department of Transportation $129 million to continue working on it. The 5-2 vote came at a meeting just hours after the Oregon Transportation Commission gave ODOT permission to move forward with the project ...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Chase, Portland, Council, Metro, Eis, Stacey, Peterson, Gonzalez, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Bob Stacey


After OTC vote, Metro candidate Chris Smith calls for new highway governance model

Chris Smith.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Chris Smith is outraged by what just happened. The Portland Planning & Sustainability Commissioner member, transportation activist, and Metro Council candidate watched this morning as the unelected, five-member Oregon Transportation Commission brushed aside considerable concerns about the I-5 Rose Quarter project and voted unanimously to let the Oregon Department of Transportation move forward without any further objective analysis. In response, Smith ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, Council, Metro, Chris Smith, Eis, Oregon Legislature, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, Oregon Transportation Commission, Portland City Council, Metro Council


Transportation commission votes unanimously to approve I-5 Rose Quarter project without an EIS

The oversight body for the Oregon Department of Transportation has given the agency permission to move forward on their $715 million I-5 Rose Quarter project without doing more rigorous and independent analysis of its environmental and community impacts. In a 5-0 vote taken on a meeting held over the phone today, Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin said he was satisfied with steps taken by ODOT thus far and that, “I just don’t find the basis in the record to change to a...
Tags: Oregon, US, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, State, Eis, Holt, Stoel Rives LLP, Oregon Legislature, Central Oregon, ODOT, NEPA, Tina Kotek


Transportation commission says I-5 Rose Quarter project can move ahead without environmental statement

The oversight body for the Oregon Department of Transportation has given the agency permission to move forward on their $715 million I-5 Rose Quarter project without doing more rigorous and independent analysis of its environmental and community impacts. In a 5-0 vote taken on a meeting held over the phone today, Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin said he was satisfied with steps taken by ODOT thus far and that, “I just don’t find the basis in the record to change to a...
Tags: Oregon, US, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, Metro, Chris Smith, State, Eis, Holt, Stoel Rives LLP, Oregon Legislature, Central Oregon, ODOT


Oregon set to endorse agreement with Washington on CRC 2.0

Concept drawing of CRC in Washington. While all the attention at today’s Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) meeting will be on the I-5 Rose Quarter Project, there’s another highway expansion mega-project that will take an important step forward. The OTC is expected to give the Oregon Department of Transportation permission to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Washington Department of Transportation that will lay the groundwork for cooperation on a project to replace ...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, Portland, Capitol Hill, Vancouver, CRC, Oregon House, COLLIER, CCA, Columbia River, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation


Regional leaders greenlight $129 million for I-5 Rose Quarter project

PBOT Director Chris Warner re-affirmed his agency’s support of the project.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) We’re at that awkward stage in a highway mega-project when the agency in charge is under a cloud of controversy and still (after years of planning) doesn’t have an official endorsement to start construction, but still wants money to keep the project moving forward. Of course I’m talking about the Oregon Department of Transportation and the I-5 Rose Quarter Project. And it seems whenever I d...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Warner, Metro, Chris Smith, Eis, Putney, Wilsonville, TPAC, MPAC, Knapp, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation


ODOT releases roster of I-5 Rose Quarter project community advisory committee

Committee members will debate how the project might impact cycling on N Williams Avenue through the Rose Quarter, among other issues.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Tonight was supposed to be the first meeting of the I-5 Rose Quarter Project Community Advisory Committee. Due to public health concerns, it has been postponed and will be rescheduled in an online-only format (public will be invited, see updated details below). This is the committee foisted upon the Oregon Department of Transportatio...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Broadway, North, Kenton, Metro, Eis, Kate Brown, Lloyd, Craig Brown, Northeast Portland, Humboldt, Elmer


ODOT will open two week comment period on I-5 Rose Quarter project

ODOT has resisted a more in-depth analysis of project impacts even though it would add a freeway lane to this embankment just yards from a middle school playground.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Department of Transportation just announced they’ll open a two-week comment period on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project. The news comes a day after revelations that the Oregon Transportation Commission planned to postpone a crucial upcoming meeting where they were slated to vote on w...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Eis, HQ, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Community Advisory Committee ODOT


ODOT will open two week comment period for I-5 Rose Quarter project

ODOT has resisted a more in-depth analysis of project impacts even though it would add a freeway lane to this embankment just yards from a middle school playground.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Department of Transportation just announced they’ll open a two-week comment period on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project. The news comes a day after revelations that the Oregon Transportation Commission planned to postpone a crucial upcoming meeting where they were slated to vote on w...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Eis, HQ, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Community Advisory Committee ODOT


OTC raises legal questions with decision to hold key I-5 Rose Quarter meeting on the phone

Story in The Oregonian. The Oregonian reported today that the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) meeting slated for March 20th will be postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. That’s the right decision given the state of the outbreak and current “social distancing” best practices. But the decision that caught my eye was that they plan to hold a “telephonic meeting” sometime in early April “to decide the fate of the freeway project.” That “freeway project” is the I-5 Rose Quarter project, a ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Lebanon, Chris Smith, Brown, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Tubman, Jonathan Maus, Environmental Assessment, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Tom Fuller, No More Freeways PDX


Governor Brown’s executive order on climate change has transportation impacts

Governor Kate Brown holds up the signed executive order at a signing ceremony held today.(Photo from Oregon Legislative Information System livestream.) Fed up with repeated walk-outs by Republican lawmakers over their objections to climate change legislation, today Oregon Governor Kate Brown took the matter into her own hands. Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 (PDF below) at her desk in Salem this morning surrounded by young students from around the state. At the signing, Brown said, “I think ...
Tags: Politics, Climate Change, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Salem, Executive Order, Republican, Brown, Legislature, Kate Brown, ODOT, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT


Governor Brown’s executive order on climate change could have impacts on transportation

Governor Kate Brown holds up the signed executive order at a signing ceremony held today.(Photo from Oregon Legislative Information System livestream.) Fed up with repeated walk-outs by Republican lawmakers over their objections to climate change legislation, today Oregon Governor Kate Brown took the matter into her own hands. Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 (PDF below) at her desk in Salem this morning surrounded by young students from around the state. At the signing, Brown said, “I think ...
Tags: Politics, Climate Change, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Salem, Executive Order, Republican, Brown, Legislature, Kate Brown, ODOT, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT


Portland Parks defends the Esplanade, won’t sign-off on ODOT’s I-5 widening plan

(Graphic of shadow over Esplanade with wider I-5 by Cupola Media) “We will no longer be considering signing a letter of concurrence.”— Brett Horner, Portland Parks & Recreation The Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau won’t play ball with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) when it comes to a key issue surrounding the I-5 Rose Quarter project. Earlier this month the Willamette Week reported on how impacts from the freeway expansion on the Eastbank Esplanade gave the City ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Parks, Kessler, Eis, Horner, Draft Environmental Assessment EA, ODOT, Oregon Transportation Commission, Willamette Week, Eastbank Esplanade, Jonathan Maus, Alan Kessler, Parks Bureau


Oregon lawmakers vote to give cities authority to set speed limits

Rep. Rob Nosse speaking at a Joint Transportation Committee hearing on February 4th. A key part of the City of Portland’s 2020 legislative agenda and traffic safety efforts got a boost in Salem yesterday when the Joint Committee on Transportation voted 10-2 in favor of House Bill 4103 which authorizes the Oregon Department of Transportation to delegate authority to set speed limits to cities and counties. HB 4103 is a continuation of work that began last session by House Representative Rob Noss...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Speed, Cycling, House, Portland, Salem, Lane, Corvallis, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Sam Adams, Oregon Transportation Commission, Buchan


You can tell ODOT what to do with their I-5 Rose Quarter project on new advisory committee

Left to their own devices, the Oregon Department of Transportation would already be deep into the design and pre-construction phase of their I-5 Rose Quarter project right now. But because of their own hubris and blind ambition to “deliver” freeway expansion mega-projects at any cost and consequence, ODOT’s boss has forced them to delay. On January 24th, the Oregon Transportation Commission published a memo ( ) with 11 actions ODOT must take, “to more fully involve the community in decisions a...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, CRC, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Columbia River Crossing, BTA, Jonathan Maus, Environmental Assessment, Albina, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Alando Simpson, Michelle Poyourow, Executive Advisory Committee


Governor Brown asked about I-5 Rose Quarter project at City Club event

Governor Brown and moderator Colin Jones at the City Club event today. Governor Kate Brown spent about an hour with members of the City Club of Portland today. At the event, a preview of the 2020 legislative session, Brown fielded two questions about the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project. As we reported Thursday, the Oregon Department of Transportation and their bosses at the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) are facing an intense barrage of questions and concerns from elected officia...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, Metro, Chris Smith, Eis, Brown, Kate Brown, CRC, ODOT, City Club, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission


ODOT takes more heat for Rose Quarter missteps at commission meeting

Portland area electeds and community leaders showed a united front of concern. Left to right: Cupid Alexander, Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office; Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly; Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson; Metro Council President Lynn Peterson; Albina Vision Trust Board Member Michael Alexander. “We never envisioned ODOT taking shortcuts to a decision and a design. The risk that was taken by those shortcuts is now playing out.” — Lynn Peterson, Metro Council President ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Commission, Wheeler, Portland, Metro, Trump, Chris Smith, Adams, Eis, Brown, Legislature, Kate Brown, Multnomah County


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

New ODOT org chart effective as of yesterday. Director Strickler at the OTC meeting Tuesday. 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. Those are just two of the interesting tidbits from a host of changes that quietly went into effect Monday following the Oregon Transportation Commission’s approval of a significant organizational restructuring spearheade...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Marine, Cycling, Nato, Portland, Pentagon, Social Equity, Baker, Operations, Metro, U S Department of Defense, Kris, Oregon Legislature


Commission delays vote on Rose Quarter project amid pleas for climate action and jobs

A few of the people who spoke at the OTC meeting on Tuesday. The Oregon Transportation Commission has decided to delay a key environmental review decision on the I-5 Rose Quarter project. After hearing about an hour of emotional testimony at their meeting in Lebanon today (about 100 miles south of Portland), OTC Chair Robert Van Brocklin said, “We need time to absorb that additional comment… There are a number of values at play here… We’re not trying to railroad something through without li...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Lebanon, Anderson, Metro, Eis, Brown, Multnomah County, Bailey, Simpson, Moreland, Oregon Legislature, Scott Bailey


Gov. Brown calls for pause on I-5 Rose Quarter project

Oregon Transportation Commission members at their meeting today. (L to R: Sharon Smith, Alando Simpson (Vice Chair), Robert Van Brocklin (Chair), Martin Callery, Julie Brown) There was a big surprise at the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) meeting today: Governor Kate Brown finally weighed on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project via a letter that calls for a pause on a key decision and more analysis of congestion pricing. “I request the commission table the decision on the envir...
Tags: Sport, EA, Front Page, Cycling, Commission, Portland, Metro, Eis, Brown, Kate Brown, Multnomah County, Oregon Legislature, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Portland City Council


Regional electeds – including Mayor Wheeler – call for EIS on I-5 Rose Quarter project

Wheeler agrees. (Photo: No More Freeways PDX) “We continue to have concerns about the stewardship and outcomes of the Project.”— Letter signed by Portland Mayor Wheeler, Metro President Lynn Peterson, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Just days before the Oregon Transportation Commission will weigh in, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has joined the growing chorus calling for more in-depth environmental review of the I-5 Rose Quarter p...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, EA, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Eis, Kate Brown, ODOT, NEPA, Tina Kotek, Oregon Transportation Commission, Portland Public Schools, Ted Wheeler, Aaron Brown


You have until Thursday to comment on ODOT Director job description

What would you like to see in the leader of ODOT? (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Department of Transportation is in desperate need of new leadership. Thankfully, the Oregon Transportation Commission is moving full steam ahead in their search for a new director. The OTC’s search committee — led by Vice Chair Bob Van Brocklin, a lawyer with Stoel Rives LLP — has published a draft version of the job description and will accept public comment on it until this Thursday, May 9th. Below are ...
Tags: Oregon, Senate, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Stoel Rives LLP, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, BP Headlines, Bob Van Brocklin, Stoel Rives Qualifications


Eager to end Matt Garrett era, advocates set expectations for new ODOT leader

Advocacy groups aim to put their stamp on the selection of the next person to run ODOT.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) After 14 years at the helm, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett resigned last month. For many reform-minded transportation advocates and professionals, he won’t be missed. “Someone with some brains and integrity would be a healthy contrast to the outgoing director.”— David Bragdon, former president of Metro Reached shortly after the news broke ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Recruit, Brown, Kate Brown, Garrett, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Matt Garrett, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, David Bragdon, Detweiler


Families for Safe Streets lobbying for TriMet crash oversight, driver education bills

David Sale’s son was killed by a TriMet bus operator in 2010. Now he’s pushing for independent oversight of the agency. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) A group of road safety activists led by family members of traffic crash victims and backed by The Street Trust has thrown their weight behind two bills this legislative session. According to Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets, Senate Bill 746 would, “Encourage greater mutual expectations between all road users by combining...
Tags: Politics, Oregon, Senate, Sale, Legislation, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, Portland, Bill, Ntsb, Aaron, Oregon House, Boulder Colorado, Tracey


Matt Garrett has resigned from ODOT

Matt Garrett in 2012. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Huge news from the State of Oregon today: ODOT Director Matt Garrett has resigned from his post. This is potentially – depending on his replacement – a massive development that could lead to a different culture in the automobile-centric agency. I’m out of town at the moment and unable to fully analyze and report on this. So for now, here’s the statement from ODOT: Oregon Transportation Director Matthew Garrett announced today that...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Commission, Brown, Kate Brown, Matt, Garrett, Matthew Garrett, ODOT, John Kitzhaber, Matt Garrett, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, Transportation Commission