Business groups show support for I-5 Bridge Replacement Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP)



Business groups show support for I-5 Bridge Replacement Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP)

The below signed organizations and our collective members urge the Metro Council to vote in support of the MTIP Amendment at the scheduled January 6th Metro Council meeting. This amendment would add $36 million allocated by the Oregon Transportation Commission to be amended into Metro’s 21-24 and would allow the IBR Program to begin Preliminary Engineering. The added funding will help the IBR program advance a multi-modal solution to serve our state and safely and efficiently move people, goods, and services. The program provides an important opportunity to support our communities and the regional economy.

Our members and organizations believe that the I-5 Bridge Replacement is a critical corridor link for the entire Pacific Northwest, West Coast and the nation. Along with other key projects (e.g. the Rose Quarter and West Seattle Bridge), the I-5 bridge needs urgent replacement due to its seismic vulnerability, and its present design does not meet our region’s growing demands from daily users, commuters, pedestrians, bikers, and freight and mass transit users.

Many of our organizations and members are presently engaged in the Community Advisory Group or are active in working with our elected officials and respective regional transportation bodies in planning for a Locally Preferred Alternative. There are many factors which we know are important to our region, such as but not limited to, a robust community benefit agreement, environmental impact and climate resiliency, commuter and visitor mobility, pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, congestion mitigation, and more. But for the proposed amendment and funding, none of these questions or conversations can be explored. In absence of thoughtful collaborative dialogue, this project will not have the community input necessary to be reflective of our region’s needs.

We urge support of the amendment and funding for the I-5 Bridge Replacement project.

Respectfully,

Central Eastside Industrial Council
Clackamas County Business Alliance
Columbia Corridor Association
Columbia Pacific Building & Construction Trades Council
Columbia River Economic Development Council
Greater Portland Inc.
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
Identity Clark County
MultiFamily Northwest
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
Oregon Business & Industry
Oregon Business Council
Oregon Trucking Associations
Portland Business Alliance
Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Sherwood Chamber of Commerce
Swan Island Business Association
Travel Portland
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Workforce Southwest Washington
WorkSystems Inc.
Working Waterfront Coalition