Westside i-5 bypass

I lived in Portland 1980-1994. Replacing the I-5 bridge to Vancouver is absurd! The roadway going to the bridge on the Oregon side has finally been upgraded to match the bridge. It is time for the westside bypass. The new bridge would cross the Columbia at St Helens or Columbia City. Somewhere in that area anyway. The road could follow Cornelius Pass Road to TV Highway. Most of the right-of-way land is undeveloped and could be purchased cheaply. The bypass should go somewhere between Sherwood and Newberg. The bypass would connect with I-5 somewhere around Woodburn. Advantages: 1) Northbound I-5 traffic goes around Portland. 2) Westside traffic going North does not have to go on the Sunset Highway through Downtown Portland. 3) The west side will need a bypass in the future, a majority of the land is not currently developed 4) the bypass could be built in stages as roads exist over most of the route.

All we need is a bigger bridge on I-5 at Vancouver. Are we going to double the number of lanes feeding the bridge? What does it cost to double I-5 from the Columbia river to Wilsonville? We do not have enough power in Washington DC to ever make that happen in our great-grandchildren's lifetime.

Plan the Westside bypass, build the missing pieces (such as the bridge over the Columbia), and acquire land for and upgrade the roads. Our money will go much further this way - rather than tearing down and rebuilding in an urban area!

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Urbane says ... on Tuesday, Feb 15 at 4:09 PM

Ahh but don't forget that all (Except I 205) highways in the Portland area were designed and build in the 1960's and deemed more than adequate, when Portland's population was one quarter of what is now...

dmp24 says ... on Tuesday, Feb 15 at 3:18 PM

The add-on to this plan that would most-certainly die a quick death would be to add the Eugene to Seattle light rail to this roadbed. We have MAX from Hillsboro to Gresham, right? The main North-South rail would connect with MAX by Hillsboro.

Clue? says ... on Tuesday, Feb 15 at 3:15 PM

We don't need a westside bypass. Urban sprawl is already eating up valuable and precious farmland, this would only exasterate the problem. The problem will take care of itself as gas rises above $4.00 and few will be able to drive anyway. Prepare.

Gavin says ... on Tuesday, Feb 15 at 2:38 PM

The other elephant in the room is the fact that Portland/Mulnomah county refuses to allow any major roadway expansion in their limits without light rail. Plain and simple. Without a major shift in their leadership, nothing will happen.

Jeepers says ... on Tuesday, Feb 15 at 2:30 PM

It's a good plan. I'm just wondering how Portland will hijack the project to make it there own. Maybe make it the new WES.

UareDumb says ... on Tuesday, Feb 15 at 1:57 PM

This idea deserves consideration. Right now if the Banfield is backed up, then all of I-5 North is screwed from Wilsonville to Portand, and this would help alleviate that. And as you say, this way people in Aloha don't drive to downtown to go north

Steve W. says ... on Tuesday, Feb 15 at 1:53 PM

Although the plan sounds good in theory, it is difficult to imagine the powers that be pulling together a plan of that magnitude when they are unable to complete the current bridge project or the Hwy 26 / Sunset that has stalled for almost a year.

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