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The project includes plans to construct a seismic bridge, streamline traffic in 2022.

PMG FILE PHOTO - I-205 and the Abernethy Bridge is targeted for seismic and traffic improvement projects.A long overdue traffic bottleneck is on track to be addressed in the new year.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is slated to begin construction on Phase 1 of the I-205 Improvement project in late spring or early summer of 2022.

ODOT announced Dec. 7 it is taking the first steps to solicit bids for the seismically upgraded Abernethy Bridge construction, a new sound wall near Exit 9 and new roundabout at the Highway 43 interchange.

"The I-205 improvements, along with the 217 auxiliary lane efforts signify the beginning in a series of investments that make up ODOT's Urban Mobility Strategy to decrease congestion, increase safety and transition the metro area to a more sustainable transportation system," ODOT Urban Mobility Office director Brendan Finn said. "These projects will help make everyday travel safer and healthier for Oregonians while also supporting a vibrant state economy."

According to ODOT, Portlanders experience nearly seven hours of traffic backups on I-205 each day. The I-205 Improvements Project is an effort that stems from HB 2017, the Keep Oregon Moving bill, which became effective July 2021. The intention of the project is to relieve the traffic bottleneck and install seismic upgrades to the Abernethy Bridge over the Willamette.

This bid opportunity will be open for 12 weeks. Readers can learn more about the I-205 Improvements Project on its website.


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