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  • Around-the-clock single-lane closure on OR 43 Northbound between July 5 and July 14.

June 08, 2022  |  ODOT breaks ground on the I-205 Abernethy Bridge  |  Click here for previous news items »

We've started the first phase of the I-205 Improvements Project with initial work occurring around the Abernethy Bridge. The Jon Storm Park parking lot under the bridge in Oregon City closed on May 31, and will remain closed through 2025.

You're invited: I-205 Improvements Project Open Houses

  • Oregon City – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St, Oregon City.
    The Pioneer Community Center has two accessible parking spots across from the main building, and two additional accessible parking spaces in the rear parking lot.

  • West Linn – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 at West Linn Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont Rd. West Linn.
    The West Linn Adult Community Center has three accessible parking spaces in front of the building.

View a recorded presentation on what to expect during Phase 1 construction »

Project Overview

Over 100,000 vehicles a day use the seven-mile stretch of I-205 from Stafford Road to OR 213 in Oregon City. This bottleneck is the last two-lane section of I-205 and drivers experience nearly seven hours of traffic backups and congestion each day.

We are addressing these issues with the I-205 Improvements Project, which is part of a regional Urban Mobility Strategy. The I-205 Improvements Project is intended to reduce congestion and crashes, while also making travel times shorter and more predictable. Project improvements will also allow I-205 to remain open and passable following a major earthquake.

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Improving our economy by providing faster, safer, earthquake-ready travel on I-205.

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Project Benefits

Reduced Congestion & Travel Times

Additional travel lane in each direction will make travel faster and more predictable.

Fewer Crashes

Improved interchanges and on- and off-ramps will make travel safer, resulting in fewer crashes.

Earthquake-Ready Bridges

The Abernethy Bridge and eight other I-205 bridges will be upgraded or replaced to withstand a major earthquake. An earthquake-ready corridor will support this critical lifeline route in providing supplies and services to the region after a disaster.

Project Phases and Funding

We are constructing the project in phases, with the first phase currently underway.

Read the First phase factsheet.

First Phase Improvements:

  • Earthquake-ready improvements to the Abernethy Bridge.

  • Removing the current I-205 northbound on-ramp from OR 43 and replacing it with a roundabout.

  • Realigning or widening the on- and off-ramps at OR 99E.

  • Improvements for people who walk and bike on OR 43, Clackamette Drive and OR 99E.

  • Sound wall near the southbound lanes of I-205 at exit 9.

  • Widening I-205 in the first phase of the project area to allow a third travel lane in each direction. The final lane configuration will be completed in a future phase.

To read more about the I-205 Project Improvements click here »

Project design and the first phase of the project are fully funded. Phase 1 will use financing tools recently approved by the Oregon Legislature. Toll revenue is needed to complete future phases the I-205 Improvements Project and could be used to pay back the funds borrowed for the Abernethy Bridge. The Toll Program is working to create a system that works for all travelers and local neighbors. Get involved and learn more about the I-205 Toll Project »

Contact our project team

For more information about this project, contact:

Phone: 503-731-8276 | Email:

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Contracting Opportunities

If you are a contractor interested in working on this project, learn more at ODOT’s Business Opportunities and Resources web page.

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