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May 18, 2022

Jon Storm parking lot will be closed beginning May 31

We are in the final steps of awarding a construction contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West for work on the Abernethy Bridge widening. Work is expected to start in June!

The Jon Storm parking lot under the bridge in Oregon City will close starting May 31, 2022 and will remain closed until upgrades are finished in 2025

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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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This information reflects the most recent data available at the start of project design. In spring 2020 we saw a decrease in traffic volumes on I-205 due to Covid-19 and traffic volumes have been steadily rising since. 

Project Benefits

Reduced Congestion & Travel Times

The project reduces crashes and daily congestion by 4.75 hours each day by adding a third lane in each direction with shoulders that could accommodate future transit opportunities.

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 beginning in  summer of 2022.

Read the First phase factsheet .

Key Phase 1 improvements include:

  • 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: 205improvements@odot.oregon.gov

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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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