This project repaves approximately nine miles of Interstate 205 in both directions between Johnson Creek Boulevard and the Glenn Jackson Bridge, including many exit and entrance ramps. The surface is deteriorating and in need of repair. This section of freeway was last paved in 2004.
Paving will take place mostly at night, with lane closures on I-205. Multiple overnight closures will take place on several I-205 on-ramps and off-ramps in the project area. Cross-streets near on-ramps and off-ramps will also close.
Auxiliary lanes improve safety and reduce congestion in bottleneck areas. These “entrance-to-exit” lanes will improve safety at these locations:
This work is schedule to take place during the day and at night, requiring lane and shoulder closures.
Many intersections near I-205 on-ramps and off-ramps will receive improvements to make them ADA-compliant.
New electronic signs, called ODOT RealTime signs, help drivers make more informed travel decisions with information about traffic flow and roadway conditions.
Approximately 25 percent of I-205 southbound traffic coming from I-84 eastbound is bound for the Division/Powell exit. The new auxiliary lane will provide a connection from this interchange to the Washington Street entrance and connect with the existing auxiliary lane that continues to the Division/Powell exit. The auxiliary lane will require less weaving and merging, reducing congestion in all lanes.
High traffic volumes and short merging distances in this area currently cause speeds to drop to 10 — 15 miles per hour during peak travel times. I-205 experiences many high-crash sites in this area. This entrance to exit lane will provide a safer connection for I-205 traffic bound for Stark Street/Washington Street, Glisan Street, and I-84 westbound.
High traffic volumes and short merging distances on I-205 currently cause speeds to drop below five miles per hour during peak travel times. This auxiliary lane will address multiple bottlenecks and improve traffic flow along the northern portion of I-205. The auxiliary lane provides more room for vehicles to merge and provides a connection for I-84 and I-205 traffic bound to Sandy Boulevard or Killingsworth Street. This will improve safety and operations for freight movement.
For more information about this project, contact:
Dee Hidalgo, ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator
Phone: (503) 731-8237 | Email: Dee.Hidalgo@odot.state.or.us
Don Hamilton, ODOT Public Information Officer
Phone: (503) 731-8265 | Cell: (503) 704-7452 | Email: Don.B.Hamilton@odot.state.or.us
Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Public Information Officer
Phone: (503) 731-8281 | Cell: (503) 539-8454 | Email: Kimberly.Dinwiddie@odot.state.or.us
For ADA Title II or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/ interpretation services or for additional information call (503) 731-4128, TTY (800) 735-2900 or use the statewide Oregon Relay Service: 7-1-1.
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