- Interstate 205 (Oregon-Washington)
Jct|state=OR|I|84 near Portland
Salmon Creek, Washington
Interstate 205 (I-205) is a loop route that serves the
Portland, Oregon- Vancouver, Washingtonmetropolitan area. I-205 is officially the War Veterans Memorial Freeway and was formerly known as the East Portland Freeway in the U.S. states of Washingtonand Oregon. I-205 loops east of downtown Portland and Vancouver, thus serving as a bypass route. I-205 is one of the small number of three-digit interstates to cross over into another state. The northern terminus begins north of Vancouver in the suburb of Salmon Creek. The southern terminus is near the Portland suburb of Tualatin.
Interstate 205 is the Interstate that provides access to
Portland International Airport(PDX).
Construction of I-205 included a graded but unfinished transitway between SE Foster Rd. and NE Columbia Blvd. The section between NE Columbia Blvd. and the I-205/I-84 junction became part of the
MAX Red Line, and the section from E Burnside St. to SE Foster Rd. will be used as part of the future route for the next MAX Light Railroute, the Green Line. The short portion between these sections was used by the first rail line, now the Blue Line.
In addition to I-5, I-205 intersects Interstate 84, U.S. Route 26, U.S. Route 30 (the main route, as well as Business Loop and By-pass route),
Oregon Route 43, Oregon Route 99E, Oregon Route 212, Oregon Route 213, Oregon Route 224, Washington State Route 14, and Washington State Route 500.
A bicycle and pedestrian trail follows I-205 for much of its distance in the
Portland metropolitan area, and connects to the Springwater Corridortrail near the Foster Road exit.
Because of tremendous growth in the
Portland metropolitan areaand the suburb of Vancouver, the WSDOT and ODOT are currently planning improvements on I-205 to improve traffic flow between the two states. In Vancouver, the 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, the 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.
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