Interstate 205 (Oregon–Washington)

Interstate 205 (Oregon–Washington)

Interstate 205 marker

Interstate 205
Route information
Length: 37.13 mi[1][2] (59.75 km)
Existed: 1975 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-5 in Tualatin, OR
  US 26 in Portland, OR
I-84 in Portland, OR
North end: I-5 in Salmon Creek, WA
Highway system

Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
Main • Auxiliary • Business

Oregon highways
Routes • Highways
State highways in Washington
Interstate • US • State
Former PSH • 1964 renumbering • Former SR
OR 204 OR OR 205
SR 204 WA SR 206

Interstate 205 (I-205) is a loop route that serves the PortlandVancouver metropolitan area in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. I-205 is officially named the War Veterans Memorial Freeway, and is also known as the East Portland Freeway. I-205 passes east of downtown Portland and Vancouver, thus serving as a bypass route of I-5, which runs directly through the downtown areas of both cities. The northern terminus of the highway is located north of Vancouver in the suburb of Salmon Creek, and the southern terminus is in the Portland suburb of Tualatin.


Route description

Beneath the I-205 bridge in Vancouver, looking toward Portland

I-205 starts in Tualatin, Oregon, at a directional T interchange with I-5.[3] From I-5, the highway heads east towards the towns of West Linn and Oregon City where it crosses the Willamette River between interchanges for Oregon Route 43 (OR 43) and OR 99E. In West Linn, there is a view point exit for the northbound lanes, providing a scenic overlook of Willamette Falls. In Oregon City, the highway curves northward, crossing the Clackamas River concurrent with OR 213 and entering the town of Gladstone.[4]

OR 213 splits from I-205 again at exit 13 in Clackamas, and the next exit north on I-205 provides access to Sunnyside Road and Clackamas Town Center.[5] North of Clackamas, the freeway crosses the Portland city limits, passing through the eastern portion of the city, where it intersects I-84 and U.S. Route 26 (US 26).[6] On the northern side of the city, just before crossing the Columbia River on the Glenn Jackson Bridge, I-205 has an exit for Airport Way, which provides access to Portland International Airport.[7]

On the Washington side of the river, I-205 serves the eastern parts of the city of Vancouver, and has interchanges with two freeways, State Route 14 (SR 14) just north of the Columbia, and SR 500 near Westfield Vancouver.[7][8] From the SR 500 interchange, I-205 curves northwest back towards I-5, where it ends in the town of Salmon Creek. This interchange with I-5 is not complete, as there is no direct access from I-5 northbound to I-205 southbound, or from I-205 northbound to I-5 southbound. These missing movements are completed via Northeast 134th Street, one exit to the south.[9]

A bicycle and pedestrian trail follows I-205 for much of its distance in the Portland metropolitan area, and connects to the Springwater Corridor trail near the Foster Road exit.


I-205 Bridge crossing the Columbia River toward Vancouver

The final section of I-205 to be completed, the section between SE Division Street and the southern interchange of the Glenn Jackson Bridge over the Columbia River, opened to traffic in March 1983.[10] The approximately 10-mile (16 km) section on the Washington side of the river had opened in summer 1982,[10] and the bridge opened in December 1982.[11]

Construction of I-205 included a graded but unfinished transitway between SE Foster Road and NE Columbia Boulevard. The section between NE Columbia Boulevard and the I-205/I-84 junction became part of the MAX Red Line, and the section from E Burnside Street to SE Foster Road is used as part of the Green Line. The short portion between these sections was used by the first rail line, now the Blue Line.


Because of tremendous growth in the Portland metropolitan area and the suburb of Vancouver, the Washington and Oregon departments of transportation (WSDOT, ODOT) are currently planning improvements on I-205 to improve traffic flow between the two states. In Vancouver, WSDOT and Clark County's Regional Transportation Commission are planning several new ramps to new arterials, grade-separating existing ramps with new ramps, and additional lanes. In Portland, ODOT is beginning to plan improvements, but no details have been released yet.

Another solution being floated around is a light rail line serving most or all the entire I-205 corridor, though the plan is being met with opposition from Clark County residents. Additionally, statements have been made by the Columbia River Crossing group that the Glenn Jackson Bridge was not properly engineered to carry light rail.

Exit list

County Location Mile[1][2] Exit Destinations Notes
Tualatin 0.00 0 I-5 – Salem, Portland Southbound exit and northbound entrance, signed as exits 0A and 0B
  3.16 3 Stafford Road – Lake Oswego
West Linn 6.40 6 10th Street – West Linn
8.82 8 OR 43 – West Linn, Lake Oswego
Willamette River 9.03 Abernethy Bridge
Oregon City 9.29 9 OR 99E – Downtown Oregon City, Gladstone
10.24 10 OR 213 south – Oregon City, Molalla South end of OR 213 overlap
Gladstone 11.05 11 Gladstone
  12.67 12 OR 212 east / OR 224 east / Webster Road – Clackamas, Estacada, Mount Hood, Johnson City South end of OR 224 overlap; signed as exits 12A (OR 212/OR 224) and 12B (Webster Road) southbound
  13.39 13 OR 213 north (82nd Avenue) / OR 224 west – Milwaukie North end of OR 213/OR 224 overlap
14 Sunnybrook Boulevard, Sunnyside Road
  16.24 16 Johnson Creek Boulevard
Portland 17.85 17 Foster Road
19 US 26 (Powell Boulevard) / Division Street
20.57 20 Washington Street, Stark Street Southbound exit is via exit 21A
21.12 21A Glisan Street
21.58 21B I-84 west (Banfield Expressway) / US 30 west – Portland
22.59 22 I-84 east / US 30 east – The Dalles
23.68 23
US 30 Byp. (Sandy Boulevard, Killingsworth Street)
Signed as exits 23A (east) and 23B (west)
24.65 24 Airport Way – Portland Airport Signed as exits 24A (west) and 24B (east) northbound
Columbia River
26.56 Glenn L. Jackson Memorial Bridge
Oregon–Washington state line
Vancouver 27.06 27 SR 14 – Vancouver, Camas
28.30 28 Mill Plain Boulevard / Northeast 112th Avenue North and southbound exits; 112th northbound exit
30.87 30A Northeast Gher Road, Northeast 112th Avenue Southbound exit is via exit 30
30.87 30 SR 500 – Vancouver Signed as exits 30B (east) and 30C (west) northbound
31.08 30 Westfield Shoppingtown (Fourth Plain Boulevard) Southbound exit, southbound and northbound entrance
  33.01 32 Padden Parkway, Northeast Andresen Road – Battle Ground
  36.72 36 Northeast 134th Street – WSU Vancouver
  37.13 I-5 north – Seattle Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Staff. "Public Road Inventory". Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (2006). "State Highway Log" (PDF). Washington State Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rand McNally (2010). Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). p. 685, section F5. ISBN 0528875400. 
  4. ^ Rand McNally (2010). Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). p. 687, section C6, F2. ISBN 0528875400. 
  5. ^ Rand McNally (2010). Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). p. 657, section F6, G4. ISBN 0528875400. 
  6. ^ Rand McNally (2010). Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). pp. 597, 627. ISBN 0528875400. 
  7. ^ a b Rand McNally (2010). Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). p. 567. ISBN 0528875400. 
  8. ^ Rand McNally (2010). Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). p. 537, section G1. ISBN 0528875400. 
  9. ^ Rand McNally (2010). Portland Street Guide (Map) (32nd ed.). p. 476, section H6. ISBN 0528875400. 
  10. ^ a b Federman, Stan (March 6, 1983). "The Sunday Oregonian". p. E2. 
  11. ^ Callister, Scotta (December 16, 1982). "Rain fails to faze bridge-crossers". The Oregonian: p. E12. 

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