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Design and Construction

Project Status

On September 9, 2021, the Oregon Transportation Commission approved the Historic Albina Advisory Board’s endorsement of the Hybrid 3 highway cover option. The independent highway cover assessment, which led to the development of Hybrid 3, concluded in July 2021.


Design work for the project continues as we are still early in the design phase. Last spring, a design package was produced that includes comments from project partners and community input from the Environmental Assessment. This design update will inform the work of the construction team and support a collaborative approach to addressing design issues, challenges and opportunities moving forward. The Executive Summary includes more information about the 2021 Design Update. Additionally, project findings of compatibility with local land use plans were adopted on April 5, 2021. The next design update will be ready in early 2023.

Throughout the design phase, there will be many opportunities to share opinions and shape the design of the highway cover, local streets, walls and overpasses and other features.

The adoption of Hybrid 3 changed the planned local street design for the highway cover and seven local streets are now under consideration for improvements: N Williams Avenue, N Vancouver Avenue, N Flint Avenue, NE Victoria Avenue, N Broadway, N Weidler Street and N Hancock Street. Each one of these streets plays an important role in how people will travel through the Albina area.

Map showing future street connectivity with Hybrid 3​​

As design progresses, we are looking to the community to share what is important and help us shape local street improvements such as:​​
  • ​​sidewalk design and street crossings for people walking, rolling and biking through the area​
  • the look and feel of the street environment and gathering spaces for people
  • location of bus stops, amenities at bus stops and placement of traffic signals​
  • design and placement of bicycle paths​
  • location of parking, loading and drop-off locations​

There is over a mile worth of walls, support columns and bridge decks added as part of Hybrid 3. These hard surfaces will be seen by people traveling on I-5 and by people walking, rolling, biking, driving and riding transit in the neighborhoods around the freeway. We want the community to help shape the look and feel of these structures. There is potential to be creative and represent the culture of Albina by adding textured patterns, murals and incorporating plants along sound walls, retaining walls, columns and overpasses.​​

Watch the October 19 presentation to hear the Historic Albina Advisory Board’s input on future opportunities to shape the design of the highway cover, local streets, walls and overpasses. The Board will continue discussing local streets improvements at future meetings. While we’ll be bringing these and other considerations to the public next year, there are a number of ways you can get involved and share your feedback on the project today.​​

Construction is anticipated to begin on early work packages, where the greatest opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises lie, in late 2023. In the meantime, crews have been completing fieldwork such as surveying and material sampling in the Rose Quarter area. This early fieldwork is to understand current site conditions to help inform project design. 

While field work has concluded this year, it will resume again in early to mid-2022. As construction work is scheduled, we will add information here. You can also sign-up for our mailing lists to receive email updates when construction work is scheduled.

Project Timeline

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