Since August 2017, No More Freeways has been closely following local, regional and statewide conversations pertaining to the proposed Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion and ODOT’s other climate-destroying freeway expansion projects proposed across the Portland Metro Region.
We’ve been actively submitting public comments, signed by thousands of community members, as these proposals are being deliberated by different levels of government. Below includes a handful of our letters to convince local, regional and statewide elected officials, appointed officials, and governing agencies to join us in opposing ODOT’s freeway expansions and instead demand that Oregon invest scarce resources in transit investments for public health, climate justice, traffic mitigation and equity initiatives.
- Letter to Portland City Council: August 30, 2017 Re: Central City Plan Update
- Letter to Portland City Council: September 7, 2017 Re: Central City Plan Update
- Letter to the Oregon Department of Transportation: October 6, 2017: Public Comment on I-5 Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion
- Letter to Oregon Department of Transportation’s Portland Region Value Pricing Advisory Committee: November 20, 2017
- Letter to Portland City Council: November 29, 2017 Re: Congestion Pricing Resolution (additional citizen commentary submitted November 30, 2017 available here)
- Letter to Portland City Hall: January 18, 2018 Re: Central City Plan Hearing
- Letter to Federal Highway Administration: March 23, 2018 Re: Freedom of Information Request re: Environmental Impact Statement, written by CRAG Law Center and cosigned by OPAL – Environmental Justice Oregon and Audubon Society of Portland
- Letter to Oregon Department of Transportation Portland Region Value Pricing Advisory Committee: April 30, 2018
- Letter to the Oregon Transportation Commission in support of Decongestion Pricing: July 20, 2018
- Letter to Oregon Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, requesting extension of the public comment period: November 28, 2018
- Letter to the Oregon Department of Transportation, requesting data that should have been made available in the Environmental Assessment: March 4, 2019
- Letter to the Oregon Department of Transportation, requesting the agency to honor its commitment to a 45 day public comment period: March 18, 2019
- Letter to Oregon Transportation Commission, regarding hiring of next director of ODOT: May 9, 2019
Letter to Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT), regarding ODOT’s Corridor Bottleneck Operations Study (CBOS): October 17, 2019
Letter to Oregon Transportation Commission, regarding State Transportation Improvement Program funding: December 9, 2020
- Letter to Oregon Transportation Commission regarding ODOT’s obstruction to public records asking about width of proposed Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion: March 17, 2021
- Letter to Oregon Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee on HB 3065: March 16, 2021
- Memo to Oregon Legislature, on history of community opposition to Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion: March 16, 2021
- Letter to Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Requesting FHWA rescind Finding Of No Significant Impact decision: March 30, 2021
- Testimony submitted to Historic Albina Advisory Board, April 8, 2021
- Legal complaint: No More Freeways, Neighbors for Clean Air, Eliot Neighborhood Association vs US DOT / FHWA, US District Court: Filed April 2, 2021
Letters submitted by No More Freeways and numerous community partners to the Oregon Department of Transportation Rose Quarter Freeway Widening Public Comment period in Spring 2019 are available HERE.